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.

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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.

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5 replies on “Disney Movies Anywhere brings movies to Amazon, Microsoft, Roku products”

  1. “Anywhere” ….. I had hope that would include the UK, but alas, still not this time: “Only legal residents of the United States, certain territories and protectorates (the “Territory”) are eligible to register for a DMA account.”

    Come on, Disney, this is the internet. Not the Internet of the United States.

  2. One little detail in the FAQ:

    “Keep in mind that all Disney movies may not be available at all times on Disney Movies Anywhere.”

    While I doubt they’ll be removing lots of their videos from this service (would kind of defeat the purpose, no?), there doesn’t appear to be any guarantee that the movies you buy will continue to be accessible on every platform forever.

    1. True enough. That’s why I do tend to prefer purchasing DRM-free content whenever possible.

      I’m happy to pay for Netflix because if content is removed, there’s still plenty to watch for $7.99 per month. And if that ceases to be the case, I’ll stop paying. But if I buy a book or purchase a movie, I’d like to know that I’ll be able to access it in 10 years… even if the company I bought it from goes out of business and their internet server shuts down.

      1. Yeah, I’m not one for watching movies or TV shows more than once anyway, so owning digital copies of these things doesn’t really appeal. I bought the collectors editions of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings on DVD years ago, and they’ve been collecting dust on my bookshelf ever since.

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