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.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

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.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

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.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

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.”

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

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

Movies Anywhere Officially Bows Screen Pass Feature

Digital movie library Movies Anywhere has officially launched its Screen Pass feature. The feature allows users to share up to three movies monthly with friends and family for free.

Screen Pass has been available in beta since March. Key findings from the beta period include:

  • 45% of senders sent a Screen Pass because someone else sent them a Screen Pass, and 30% of those who accepted a Screen Pass are new to Movies Anywhere;
  • users are split on how to send a Screen Pass with 53% choosing the movie for their recipient and 47% letting their recipient choose;
  • a significant number of accepted Screen Passes have helped drive digital movie purchases; and
  • top Screen Pass-driven purchases, representing 9% of total Screen Pass-driven purchases, were Ready Player One, The Prestige, Tombstone, The Mule, Bad Times at the El Royale and Jaws.

 

Screen Pass gives a friend or family member (who must be a Movies Anywhere member) seven days to accept the invitation, and another 14 days to watch the title. Once started, the user has 72 hours to finish watching the movie. A title can be shared unlimited times.

All Movies Anywhere studios are participating in the program, with each studio deciding on Screen Pass eligible titles. Eligible films appear in a scroll on the Movies Anywhere app. Users can send a text or email to share an eligible title. The service notifies recipients if the title is already in their library and they can decline the offer. Movies Anywhere also indicates to sharers how many of the three allowed movies per month they have shared.

More than 500 additional Screen Pass-eligible movies have been added to Movies Anywhere over the past month, according to the service. Newly added titles include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Star Is Born Encore, The Muppets and National Treasure. With these additions, more than 80% of the Movies Anywhere library is now Screen Pass-eligible.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Movies Anywhere brings together more than 7,900 movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Film, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers that connect with the service include iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu/Walmart, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNow and Verizon Fios TV.

Paramount and Lionsgate films are not part of the service.

Follow us on Instagram

Universal Launches Digital Movie Promotion With 1-800-Flowers

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is making some of its most popular films available as an add-on purchase for 1-800-Flowers.com customers.

Customers of the flower delivery service have the opportunity to purchase a digital movie as a complement to their gift, while also letting their gift recipients select the movie of their choice from a slate of film titles.

At launch, hundreds of films from the Universal vault will be available as a digital movie add-on, including recent releases, such as Trolls World Tour and The Invisible Man, along with catalog titles, such as Jurassic WorldJaws and Back to the Future. Customers can choose from two pricing tiers, $6.99 for award-winning classic and popular hit films and $9.99 for blockbuster hits and newer releases. The movie is the recipient’s to keep through the digital movie collection app Movies Anywhere.

“With many people choosing to stay home, backyards everywhere have been transformed into makeshift movie theaters,” Amit Shah, president of 1-800-Flowers.com, said in a statement. “This exciting collaboration with Universal, together with the unique delivery experience designed by SmartGift, provides a fantastic new way for customers to engage with our brand and connect with each other.”

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Via SmartGift, customers can synchronize the arrival of their digital movie code with their gift delivery. They can also notify the recipient that their gift is on its way and surprise them with the film ahead of time. Through the messaging app of their choice — email, Facebook Messenger or SMS — recipients will digitally unwrap their gift to find a redemption code which will unlock access to a list of films from which they can make their movie selection.

“Digital movie collecting continues to surge,” Michael Aaronson, SVP of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, said in a statement. “Now consumers can enrich every gifting occasion with a personalized movie experience that, for the first time, offers the opportunity to pair a digital movie with another gift via a major e-commerce brand. By giving the recipient the power to choose the film that is right for them, this collaboration introduces the most personalized and flexible digital movie gifting experience in the marketplace. We look forward to expanding this unique add-on offer across the broader 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. portfolio of brands in the coming months.”

Recipients will receive a curated list of ideas for suggested movie pairings to complement their gifting occasion, including Birthdays, Anniversaries and Get Well.

Through Movies Anywhere, gift recipients can redeem their code and view the movie at their convenience on the screen of their choice.

Now through Sept, 9, customers will have the opportunity to enter to win some of the essentials needed to create a theater-quality experience in their backyard, including a portable projector and screen, digital movie code, a premium The Popcorn Factory 18-Pack Popcorn Sampler and more. For more information, visit https://www.1800flowers.com/universal-pictures.

“How-to” resources for setting up a movie night under the stars can be found here.

Movies Anywhere Adds DirecTV

Cloud-based library service Movies Anywhere has added DirecTV as a participating digital retailer.

The launch includes a limited-time promotion through Sept. 9 allowing new and existing registered Movies Anywhere users to choose a complimentary digital movie to add to their collection when they connect any digital retailer to their Movies Anywhere library for the first time. Users will get their choice of one Warner Bros. digital movie from five available in up to 4K resolution:  The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Smallfoot, The Meg, The Matrix and Crazy Rich Asians.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

“With consumers spending more time at home, Movies Anywhere will be a welcome addition for our DirecTV subscribers,” Tim Gibson, VP of video and application marketing for AT&T Communications, said in a statement. “Along with the limited-time offer for a complimentary digital film, we hope this makes it even easier for customers to enjoy a night-in at the movies.”

“We are thrilled to be able to expand our availability within the pay-TV ecosystem with the addition of another one of the nation’s largest providers,” Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere GM, said in a statement. “We know DirecTV subscribers are passionate about movies and will benefit from Movies Anywhere’s ability to bring their favorite movies together. Now, they can access their collection across a multitude of devices using the Movies Anywhere app or the DirecTV platform, regardless of where they initially purchased or redeemed.”

In addition to DirecTV, other participating digital retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Xfinity, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, and FandangoNow.

The Movies Anywhere service includes movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Follow us on Instagram

Movies Anywhere recently launched a new co-viewing feature that enables users to Watch Together via a synced experience across devices. The service also recently launched a feature in beta, Screen Pass, that allows users to share their movies with family and friends.

Movies Anywhere Announces Watch Together Feature

Cloud movie library service Movies Anywhere has added a new co-viewing experience that allows users to view a film together from different locations.

Called Watch Together, the feature allows for synced co-viewing with no plugins or second screen. Users can watch anywhere they have the Movies Anywhere app. All movies available through the app are eligible for Watch Together.

“The experience is unique in that it offers fully integrated, seamless co-viewing across mobile, web and most connected smart TVs; and Movies Anywhere is the only app that allows purchased movie collections to be synced,” according to the service.

Viewers can share a synced experience with up to nine others. Hosts invite guests to view a title in their library via a “room code.” Guests must have the same title in their library or accept a “Screen Pass” via another Movies Anywhere feature currently in beta that allows members to share certain titles in their library with up to three people. The host controls playback. Viewers can use custom emojis in real-time to react or ask the host to pause, rewind or fast-forward.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Bonus features are not currently available via Watch Together.

Movies Anywhere recently added to the Screen Pass feature to allow the Screen Pass recipient to choose an eligible movie from a sender’s library and watch it instantly.

More information is here.