Major Studios Team Up for Movies Anywhere: One Digital Movie Service to Rule Them All


It’s no secret that the experience of building a digital movie collection has been pretty terrible up until now. There have been so many competing companies involved that the average consumer has ended up with multiple movies spread across many different incompatible services. It has been confusing and inconvenient, to say the least. This week Hollywood seems to be finally taking a step toward fixing this with Movies Anywhere, a joint venture spearheaded by Disney and supported by four other major studios in addition to four digital retailers (Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu). Karin Gilford, General Manager, had this to say about the launch of Movies Anywhere:

“Movies Anywhere is a massive step forward for the consumer digital media experience, bringing the incredible film libraries of five studios together in a virtual one-stop movie-watching shop… Movies Anywhere means that consumers never have to remember where they purchased a film or which device they can watch it on, because all of their eligible movies will be centralized within their Movies Anywhere library and available across platforms through the Movies Anywhere app and website and also available at their connected digital retailers. And as Movies Anywhere continues to add more studios, retailers and platforms, the entertainment possibilities are endless.”

You heard that right. If you decide to sign up and link your various accounts with Movies Anywhere, all of your movies will be available on Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu as well as the Movies Anywhere app (assuming it currently exists in their library). This is essentially what Ultraviolet should have been. The service is launching with 7300 titles and it currently includes movies from Sony, Disney, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers but Paramount and Lionsgate are not yet a part of the initiative. The service is based on Disney’s KeyChest technology and movies can be streamed or downloaded for offline playback. Obviously it is still too early to tell if this will be embraced by consumers, but it seems like a step in the right direction. You can sign up now over at and get some free movies out of the deal as well. Does this sound like the digital movie solution you’ve been looking for?

  • Gordo

    Just signed up. It’s a clear data collect and sell service but it’s free and convenient. Free movies they give you for free are Ice Age, New Ghostbusters, Big Hero 6, Jason Bourne, and The Lego Movie…Yuck

  • Lori Cerny

    Wow, that is a bargain!

    I don’t mind the data mining since my info will really skew their results.

  • It will all depend on the interface. Give me a letterboxd style landing page, my entire history of redeemed digital codes from all services forever, easy to navigate/quick response time and loading, I could see this unifying all streaming services and becoming a huge success.

  • Lori Cerny

    My experience with MoviesAnywhere:

    * Connecting retailers is easy: Click the retailer in MoviesAnywhere and then ensure you are logged-in to the retailer.
    * The five free films showed-up immediately after connecting two retailers. If you connect only one retailer – you get only two free films.
    * Some studios do NOT participate, so my iTunes Raiders of the Lost Ark does not show in Amazon or in MoviesAnywhere.
    * There is supposedly an option on the upper right side of the “My Movies” page sorting films on MoviesAnywhere, but it is not visible in my Google Chrome or on my Maxthon 5.
    * True HD quality.

    I definitely like the clean, simple interface and new releases are right there on the home page for those must-have purchases.

    Me like, but needs the kinks worked out.