Microsoft and Amazon teamed up with Disney to bring cloud movie services to more customers, significantly expanding the reach of Disney Movies Anywhere.
The new deal marks an important step forward and brings benefits to all parties involved. As a reminder, the Disney Movies Anywhere app launched last year but at first it only made digital copies of movies available through iTunes accounts. Later on, it also added support for Vudu and Google Play.
The new deal now brings Disney's cloud-based movie service to Amazon Video and Microsoft Movies & TV customers as well, thus reaching a notably larger audience. With Disney Movies Anywhere, users can access their digital and physical Disney movie purchases online and the new collaboration with Amazon Video and Microsoft Video further boosts its appeal.
Moreover, in addition to new Disney apps for the Amazon Fire TV platform, Fire tablets and Fire TV Stick and Microsoft's Xbox 360, Disney Movies Anywhere is also launching on Roku and Android TV next week, on Sept. 15. This means that users can unlock a movie with Disney and view it on any of these services.
In addition to the apps, users can also enjoy their Disney digital collection straight through the Amazon Video app for TVs, mobile devices, connected devices, the Amazon Video website, Microsoft Movies & TV on Windows and Xbox consoles, or Microsoft's Movies & TV website.
At the same time, once you make the necessary connections to your account, you can buy a movie on one service and have it unlocked on the others as well. Linking accounts will also come with an added bonus, as Disney is throwing in a free copy of Monsters Inc.
"As consumers seek to build their digital libraries and protect their purchases for the long term, Disney Movies Anywhere makes it easier than ever to buy once and watch anywhere," Janice Marinelli, the President of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment & Television Distribution, boasts in the press release on Tuesday, Sept. 8.