August 6, 2018
Microsoft Movies & TV has become the latest affiliate of the Movies Anywhere movie ownership rights locker service, allowing film fans to sync their Microsoft account to Movies Anywhere and centralize their digital movies purchased from Microsoft alongside those purchased from other connected retailers.
The companies made the announcement at midnight Aug. 7 in the Eastern United States (9 p.m. Aug. 6 on the West Coast).
Microsoft becomes the sixth digital retailer to link with Movies Anywhere, joining iTunes, Walmart’s Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and FandangoNow. Consumers who purchase a movie from any of the affiliated retailers from participating studios (or redeem a digital copy from an participating Blu-ray or DVD) can view the content through any of the other retailers or on the Movies Anywhere app or website.
The Movies Anywhere platform includes 7,500 digital movies for purchase, including the Aug. 7 digital release of Deadpool 2 and its extended cut featuring 15 additional minutes of footage.
Participating studios include 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios.
Users can now watch their favorite redeemed and purchased digital movies from participating digital retailers on an array of platforms, including Xbox and Windows 10 devices; Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku devices and popular browsers.
Movies Anywhere and Microsoft have also announced two limited-time offers to celebrate the new partnership. Movies Anywhere users will get an exclusive sneak peek at a bonus feature from Deadpool 2, and through Aug. 28, users who sync their account for the first time with Microsoft or another participating digital retailer will automatically receive X-Men: Days of Future Past in their digital movie collection.
“This launch has been highly anticipated by our most passionate movie fans, and we are very excited to bring Microsoft into the Movies Anywhere family,” said Karin Gilford, GM of Movies Anywhere. “Movies Anywhere brings your movie collection together quickly and easily, and we’re thrilled to share this benefit with Microsoft customers. Since our launch just nine months ago, consumers have stored more than 135 million movies on our app, and both content and quality continue to grow with the onboarding of new retailers like Microsoft.”
“We are thrilled that Microsoft now supports Movies Anywhere,” said Pedro Gutierrez, director of movies and TV at Microsoft. “With Movies Anywhere, all of your eligible movies from Microsoft can be enjoyed across your favorite screens at no extra cost. Microsoft Movies & TV allows you to watch the newest movies across your favorite devices — like Xbox — before streaming services or disc, and without subscription or membership fees.”