Disney Movies Anywhere is a buy-once, watch-anywhere platform that lets you pay for a movie once and watch it on multiple devices. For example, you can buy a movie on your Android phone, and you can watch it on your iPad.
Up until recently, the service supported Android, iOS, and Vudu. Now you can also link your Disney Movies Anywhere account with an Amazon or Microsoft Account, which lets you access content on a Fire tablet, phone, or TV stick, an Xbox One, or a Windows PC.
Support for Roku and Android TV is also coming soon.
If you hate all video services with DRM, odds are Disney Movies Anywhere won’t change your mind. But it is one of the more versatile solutions, since it doesn’t lock you into a single ecosystem.
For the most part if you buy a bunch of movies or TV shows from iTunes, you can’t watch them on an Android device — which could keep you from switching operating systems when you buy your next phone or TV box. The same is true for most platforms, although there are exceptions: buy content from Amazon Video and you can stream it to a pretty wide range of devices… although sometimes Amazon does drop support for older hardware.
Anyway, once Disney Movies Anywhere is linked to your account, you can purchase Disney movies (including Marvel and Pixar titles) from one digital content store and watch them on a different platform.
You don’t even need to install the Disney Movies Anywhere app on your device (although you can if you want to see your Disney collection in one place and browse the full library).
Just visit the website and link your Disney account to your Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Vudu account. Then your Disney movies should be synchronized. One more thing — for a limited time, if you link a Disney Movies Anywhere account to another account, you’ll get Monsters Inc for free.
Last year the company also gave away Wreck-it-Ralph for linking a Google Play or iTunes account… so I now have two movies in my library, even though I didn’t pay a penny for either.