Movies Anywhere Creates LGBTQ+ Movie Collection to Celebrate Pride Month

The cloud-based digital library service Movies Anywhere has created a collection of the LGBTQ+ movies  to celebrate Pride Month this year. 

Titles in the collection include The Fallout, Ammonite, Bad Education, Booksmart, Boy Erased, Bohemian Rhapsody, Love, Simon and Call Me By Your Name

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment are all participating studios in Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere participating retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, Xfinity, Verizon Fios TV and DirecTV.

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Movies Anywhere Offering Exclusive ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Clip to Movie Purchasers

Digital locker service Movies Anywhere is offering an exclusive, never-before-seen Spider-Man: No Way Home bonus clip to consumers who purchase the Sony Pictures film from any retailer connected to the service.

The eight-minute bonus clip, titled “Spider-Man and the Multiverse in Marvel Comics,” can be unlocked through the Movies Anywhere platform. The clip features behind-the-scenes interviews with the film’s producers, including Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and co-producer Chris Buongiorno, who talk about how the movie harkens back to the original comics.  

The offer is good through April 11.

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After purchasing the film, consumers will find the bonus content in the “My Extras” section of “My Movies” within the Movies Anywhere platform.

 

Kevin Smith Promotes Movies Anywhere ‘My Lists’ Feature With His Film Favorites

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is helping to promote the “My Lists” feature on the cloud-based movie locker service Movies Anywhere.

Smith used the feature to unveil his ultimate movie lists across four categories, choosing from more than 8,000 movies in the Movie Anywhere catalog. Smith’s personal lists are:

  • “Movies That Made Me Who I Am”
  • “Respecter of Directors”
  • “Nonstop Talk & Dialogue Deluges” and
  • “My Marvel Top 10.” 

 

His lists are featured exclusively on the service with video commentary on why he chose each movie and the impact these films had on him as a passionate cinephile and movie collector.

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It’s not the first time Movies Anywhere has worked with the filmmaker. In April, he created a list of 18 movies that were his “greatest inspirations of all time.”

Movies Anywhere launched the “My Lists” feature in August. It allows all users to personalize their movie collections. Users can get an organized list via AI, machine learning, and a special algorithm that auto-generates lists specifically for each user, based on the user’s unique viewing and purchasing behavior. Suggested lists are developed by genres, people, franchises, or themes utilizing user movie watching and purchasing habits. “My Lists” is also customizable and users can create their own or tweak the auto-generated lists to better suit their needs.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment are all participating studios in Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere participating retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, Xfinity, FandangoNow, Verizon Fios TV and DirecTV.

Movies Anywhere Viewers Added More Than 25M Movies to the Service in 2021

For the end of the year, a Movies Anywhere landing page is offering stats on consumer viewing habits in 2021. 

The cloud-based digital locker service tallied 22.6 million hours watched; 157,000 movies shared with the Screen Pass feature; 12.1 million total lists created with the “My Lists” feature (both auto-created plus manually created); 25.2 million movies added to collections (all transactions combined); and 6.7 million deals purchased.

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Among titles, the most watched for the year was The Croods: A New Age, the most purchased was Free Guy; the most redeemed was Wonder Woman 1984; the most wishlisted was Black Widow; the most Screen Pass sent was Trolls, and the most searched was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Movies Anywhere participating studios include Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Participating digital retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube/Google Play, Verizon, Xfinity, Microsoft Movies & TV and DirecTV.

Movies Anywhere Available on Xbox Consoles

The cloud-based movie library service Movies Anywhere is now accessible on Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Xbox users can download the Movies Anywhere app through the Microsoft store to access their movie collection on their console.

Users can playback their movies via their Xbox and purchase more movies from the Microsoft store once their retailer account is connected to their Movies Anywhere account.

Video playback on Xbox via Movies Anywhere supports 4K, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

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Movies Anywhere participating studios include Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Other participating digital retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube, Xfinity, FandangoNow, Verizon Fios TV and DirecTV.

Movies Anywhere Launches ‘My Lists’ Feature

The cloud-based movie locker service Movies Anywhere has launched a new feature called “My Lists,” allowing users to personalize their movie collections.

Users can get an organized list via AI, machine learning, and a special algorithm that auto-generates lists specifically for each user, based on the user’s unique viewing and purchasing behavior. Suggested lists are developed by genres, people, franchises, or themes utilizing user movie watching and purchasing habits.

“My Lists” is also customizable and users can create their own or tweak the auto-generated lists to better suit their needs.

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Google to End ‘Play Movies & TV’ App Access on Myriad Devices

Google is planning to discontinue access to its “Google Play Movies & TV” app on Roku streaming devices and smart TVs, including connected Samsung, LG and Vizio models beginning June 15.

The pending action reportedly also involves Movie Anywhere, the industry-backed platform that lets consumers of digital and packaged-media movies access their content across compatible devices. Platform users will still be able to access their Google Play Movies & TV and Movies Anywhere content purchases on Google-owned YouTube.

“Movies Anywhere users can rest assured that their purchased content will still be available to them on the Movies Anywhere app,” read a Movies Anywhere statement. “Movies Anywhere will continue to provide streamlined access to movies purchased through connected digital retailers, allowing movie lovers to access their collection in more places than ever before.”

While the Google Play Movies & TV app still exists, it reportedly will soon meld with Google TV, the streaming app launched last September.

In a blog post from Google product manager Hanwook Kim, the search behemoth is instructing affected users going forward to access and/or share their purchased content through its YouTube subsidiary. Movies and TV shows purchased on YouTube cannot be shared with third parties.

“Starting 6/15/2021, the Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on Roku, Samsung, LG and Vizio smart TVs,” he wrote.” “The YouTube app will be your new home for movies and shows. Just log in with your Google account in the YouTube app [and] you’ll have access to all of your past purchases, and will be able to browse, purchase, and rent new content.”

Among some of the changes cited in the post:

  • A consumers’ past purchases will still be available on YouTube;
  • Google Play credits can be used on YouTube to make purchases;
  • Play Family Library purchases can be viewed on YouTube but purchases made on YouTube do not support family sharing. Purchases made from the Google Play Movies & TV website or app will continue to support family sharing;
  • Watchlists are not available on YouTube, but viewers can set up playlists.

 

The YouTube app is available on devices that currently support the Google Play Movies & TV app, Kim noted. Content will not be viewable on LG NetCast and LG SimpleSmart devices.

Kevin Smith Picks His Film Inspirations in Movies Anywhere Promotion

As part of a promotion, Movies Anywhere worked with filmmaker and cinephile Kevin Smith to create, exclusively for Movies Anywhere, a list of 18 of his “greatest inspirations of all time.”

From April 6-12, fans who purchase one film from Kevin Smith’s greatest inspiration list — or from more than 8,000 Movies Anywhere-eligible movies — will be able to choose a bonus movie to add to their collection. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment are all participating.

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Purchases can be made through all Movies Anywhere participating retailers, including Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, Xfinity, FandangoNow, Verizon Fios TV and DirecTV.

Users have until April 26 to redeem the code that allows them to choose their bonus movie.

Each of the promotion’s bonus movies is Screen Pass-eligible on Movies Anywhere, which means users can give someone access to their bonus movie without it ever leaving their account.

Visit the promotion page here. Bonus movies options include:

Universal Pictures
Pitch Perfect
Tower Heist
Pride and Prejudice
Leap Year
Happy Gilmore

Disney
Rio 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Oklahoma!
Taken 2
Alien: Covenant
Prometheus
Planet of the Apes (2001)
War for the Planet of the Apes
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Maze Runner

Warner Bros.
We’re the Millers
San Andreas
Storks
The Wedding Singer
The Fugitive

Sony Pictures
The Fifth Element
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Pompeii
Battle: Los Angeles
Runaway

Movies Anywhere Hosts Movie Nights for Military Families

Movies Anywhere hosted a series of virtual movie nights for military families using its newly launched Screen Pass that allows users to give others access to their digital movie collections. Throughout September, Movies Anywhere collaborated with Operation Homefront and Blue Star Families, organizations that work with both active military and veterans, to create special digital movie night events for these soldiers and their families. During each event, participating families used Movies Anywhere to send Screen Passes of The Karate Kid to one another, and then used Movies Anywhere’s new co-viewing feature to Watch Together, even while thousands of miles apart. Ralph Macchio, star of the beloved film, recorded a special message for the families, thanking them for everything they’ve done in service to America. To cap off the event, Movies Anywhere supplied limited-edition movie kits, complete with snacks, blankets and other goodies to make for a cozy movie night. Movies Anywhere also teamed up with Soldiers’ Angels to deliver a memorable movie night for veterans at the Atlanta VA hospital.

Movies Anywhere Tallies More Than 10 Million Registered Users

Celebrating its three-year anniversary this October, digital locker service Movies Anywhere has surpassed 10 million registered users, with more than 280 million movies collected to date.

GM Karin Gilford attributes the growth of the platform to a dramatic shift in consumer preference toward digital movies.

“Movie lovers want a way to quickly and easily access their film collection,” Gilford said in a statement. “In addition to bringing movie fans’ collections together in one convenient app, our recently-added features like Screen Pass and co-viewing allow our users to share their love of movies with friends and family, even while apart.”

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The service has found Movies Anywhere users like to watch movies on big screens, with the number of users utilizing the service on their TV growing 68% over the past three years, with 104% growth in hours watched. Average hours watched per person on TVs increased 11%, with the biggest lifts seen on TVOS and Android TV.

Also, the service has found “mega-purchasers” (those who purchased 24-plus movies in the past 12 months) are on the rise, growing 37% in the last three years. Among these mega-purchasers, average movie hours watched in-app has grown significantly, with 94% more hours watched on average in 2020 versus 2017.

The service has also observed trends among Movies Anywhere users leading up to Halloween (based on digital spooky movie purchases and time spent viewing Oct. 12-31, 2017 and Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  • As Halloween gets closer, users prefer to purchase horror and suspense films over spooky family films. Only one out of these top 10 purchased spooky films were family-friendly in 2020, with only two out of the top 10 being family-friendly in 2017.
  • But as far as top-watched films go, family-friendly films Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 hit the top 10 most-hours-watched both in 2020 and in 2017.
  • Three Stephen King films — It: Chapter Two, The Shining and Doctor Sleep — were among the top purchased spooky films in 2020, compared to 2017 when author’s It miniseries and The Shining were on the top-purchased list.
  • In 2020, three classics made the top 10 with the most purchases on Movies Anywhere: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Psycho and The Shining. In 2017, A Nightmare on Elm Street was in the top 10.
  • On Halloween day in 2017, Annabelle Creation saw the most purchases and Hotel Transylvania was the most-watched movie.

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
  2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  3. The Invisible Man (2020)
  4. Psycho
  5. It: Chapter Two
  6. Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island
  7. You Should Have Left
  8. Halloween (2018)
  9. The Shining
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Hotel Transylvania 3
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Hotel Transylvania
  4. It Chapter Two
  5. It: Chapter One
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap
  7. Halloween (2018)
  8. The Invisible Man (2020)
  9. Alien: Covenant
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Annabelle: Creation
  2. Alien Covenant
  3. Stephen King’s It
  4. Get Out
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Hotel Transylvania 2
  8. Annabelle
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Hotel Transylvania
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Annabelle: Creation
  4. Alien: Covenant
  5. ParaNorman
  6. Stephen King’s It
  7. Get Out
  8. Dark Shadows
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars