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Published on October 13th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson

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5 movie studios join forces on new download service

Five major Hollywood movies studios have announced the launch of Movies Anywhere, a new digital film service that allows consumers who buy films to watch them in one place on multiple devices, including the Apple TV set-top box.

The free service lets customers watch and keep their online films purchased from Walt Disney Co., 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures on a single site. With a simple sign-in, movies can be accessed regardless if they were purchased through iTunes, Play Store, Vudu, or Amazon. Customers will need to log in to their associated accounts from the four online services to watch the movies they own.

Consumers who own a physical DVD or Blu-ray movie from one of the five studios that came with a digital code can register that movie for access through the service, BESTAppleTV.com has learned.

The combined library of all five services includes more than 7,300 titles, according to the company.

Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are the only remaimning major studios that didn’t join Movies Anywhere because of a disagreement over financial terms, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg News.

Disney has been using Movies Anywhere for Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm titles since 2014 using a proprietary storage technology called KeyChest that allows consumers to access movies on one site.

The service is an attempt by studios to try and halt disappointing box office sales and to slow the collapse of physical DVD sales as consumers increasingly move their viewing habits to platforms like Amazon and Netflix. It remains to be seen if a service like Movies Anywhere will change the way consumers watch movies. DVD sales fell more than 10 percent in the first half of this year from 2016, while electronic sales have grown more than eight percent, according to data from the Digital Entertainment Group.

New subscribers who sign up will get up to five selected movies for free. After linking to the first account users will get the original Ice Age and the 2017 Ghostbusters movie, and Big Hero 6, Jason Bourne, and The Lego Movie after linking the second.

Movies through Movies Anywhere will only play in High Definition, putting a restriction on content in 2160p resolution for Apple TV 4K owners.

The Movies Anywhere app is available for download from the App Store on Apple TV.

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has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years.



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