Despite every digital retailers’ best efforts to be the singular platform of choice, most of us have our media purchases fractured across multiple accounts. Depending on how much you’ve purchased, it can be hard to remember where your individual movies and TV episodes live. “Did I buy John Wick on Amazon Prime, or was it YouTube? Maybe iTunes…” only to find out it was actually Vudu the whole time. Here’s an app that will alleviate your confusion and make accessing and buying digital content easier to begin with.
While it once only applied to Disney-owned films, Movies Anywhere can now consolidate your digital movie purchases (and digital copies of physical purchases, in some instances) into one place. You can even purchase and access content from retailers that may not otherwise be supported on your devices. For instance, if you have both Apple and Android devices, you can watch your iTunes and Google Play purchases on either device through Movies Anywhere. Well, most of them, at least; Movies Anywhere doesn’t cover first-party exclusive content—you won’t find the Amazon-exclusive Guava Island on there, for example—but exclusives are only a small portion of the available content on each platform.
Why buy when you can stream?
Now, you might be wondering why you should opt for a platform based on purchases rather than streaming—after all, the number of folks purchasing even a fraction of their digital content instead of streaming has plummeted.
Despite that drop, buying your digital content instead of relying on streaming is still a viable option that more people should probably consider. Since you don’t own any of the content you’re streaming, it’s all subject for removal based on the whims and sea changes of digital licensing rights. Even The Office is scheduled to leave Netflix in the near future. Truly, nothing is sacred in the streaming realm.
It’s technically true that you don’t really own your digital purchases, either, but you do have more rights protecting your access to purchased content than you do when streaming. And by consolidating your purchases into Movies Anywhere, you’re even less likely to be locked out of content in the future, as long as it remains available on one of the supported retailers.
How to watch all your digitally purchased movies on Movies Anywhere
- Create a Movies Anywhere account.
- After signing in with your new account, you’ll have the opportunity to connect your retailer accounts. You can sync the following services to Movies Anywhere: Google Play, YouTube, Apple, Amazon Prime Video, Xfinity, Vudu, Microsoft, And FandangoNow. Click “Connect” next to each account you wish to sync, then sign in to authorize access to Movies Anywhere.
- Once your accounts are connected, all your purchased movies will show up under the “My Movies” tab. You can also make purchases from the various stores you have accounts for, and redeem codes for digital movies. All of these will also show up in your My Movies tab.
- You can now access your library from any device you own. The Movies Anywhere app is available on smartphones (iOS, Android), smart TVs, and other devices.