Microsoft joins Apple and other retailers in supporting Disney's 'Movies Anywhere'

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Microsoft has become the latest movie storefront to join Disney's Movies Anywhere, allowing for video content bought from online storefronts like iTunes and Amazon to be watched via Microsoft Movies & TV apps for the Xbox One game console and Windows desktops.

Confirmed by Microsoft, the support for Movies Anywhere allows users with a Microsoft Account to link it to Movies Anywhere. Once linked, all of the movies already available through Movies Anywhere will be accessible by Microsoft's apps, while video content bought from Microsoft's digital storefront will be available to watch from the other digital retailers.

Revamped in October, Disney's Movies Anywhere is a multi-platform content locker designed for storing movies produced by Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros. Once linked, qualifying films bought from participating retailers, including Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu, can be viewed from any of the other retailer's video platforms, or via the standalone Movies Anywhere app.

The service also works with purchases of physical discs, with many Blu-ray and DVD releases including codes for digital copies of the films.

The addition of Microsoft to the retailer roster means users will be able to buy films from its store for Windows and the Xbox game consoles, and have them viewable on other platforms, including iOS using iTunes and various set-top boxes. It also works in reverse, with films bought from iTunes and other stores able to be watched via Microsoft's ecosystem.

According to the Microsoft webpage for the service, movie rentals and TV shows are not currently eligible for use on Movies Anywhere. Movies bought via an Xbox 360, Windows Phone, or a Windows device running an older operating system than Windows 10 may experience a 24-hour delay for related content to appear in their Movies Anywhere account.

Currently, Movies Anywhere is only available in the United States.


  • Reply 1 of 7
    The website now blocks VPN/Proxy access from the UK (and probably everywhere except US tbh). Gutted as it worked great before the lockdown.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    supadav03supadav03 Posts: 503member
    Still not seeing the option in the app to actually link my Microsoft account. Hopefully it goes live soon. More devices and more studios/providers that participate, the better. 
  • Reply 3 of 7
    dbdukesdbdukes Posts: 12member
    supadav03 said:
    Still not seeing the option in the app to actually link my Microsoft account. Hopefully it goes live soon. More devices and more studios/providers that participate, the better. 
    I don't see it in mine either, but if I launch the app, the Disney movies are already there, but the rest of the stuff isn't.

    I assume they'll resolve it soon.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    Wake me up when Paramount and Lionsgate (or MGM, Dreamworks, A24, etc.) link to Movies Anywhere. More retailers joining in the service is great, but what I really want is more *studios* dumping in content.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 1,019member
    Right now there's no sign of it on Microsoft's site. They may have yanked it...
  • Reply 6 of 7
    mistergsfmistergsf Posts: 234member
    I'm noticing my movies, when watching via Movies Anywhere app on Apple TV, don't have Dolby Digital sound available. It's all PCM.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    s.metcalfs.metcalf Posts: 913member
    Um, I think the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) might have a thing or two to say about that logo! :lol:
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    edited August 2018
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