The goal here is simple, and a unified movie collection is great for consumers.
Warner Bros., 21st Century Fox, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures are the industry-leading newcomers heavily adding to a library previously including only films produced by Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
It is also worth noting that, in an effort to entice people to join the service, you can get up to five free movies simply by signing up: Ghostbusters and Ice Age will be made available once you link to a digital retailer, and adding a second retailer unlocks Big Hero 6, Jason Bourne and The Lego Movie.
Customers can use a free app to connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers, and Movies Anywhere will sync the library across accounts so users can stream or download on a wide variety of devices (including Amazon Fire, Android and Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS devices and Roku devices). Unfortunately, last month Disney announced that they are pulling support for Microsoft's Movies & TV platform from Movies Anywhere.
Movies Anywhere is only available for signup in the United States. Movies Anywhere now offers support for devices including Amazon Fire; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; and Roku.
Rumored yesterday, and then teased via social media hours later, the revamped Movies Anywhere app is expected to launch "any time", per a representative for the studios, with details officially released just minutes ago. Now, you'll only ever need to use one app again.
Movies Anywhere will initially feature access to a library of over 7,300 digital movies, along with previews and film extras. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.