Movies Anywhere Expands Digital Retailer Support With New Partner FandangoNOW

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    Last October, Disney announced that its "Disney Movies Anywhere" service would be expanding to become simply "Movies Anywhere," allowing customers to collect all of their digital films into one centralized location. Previously, the digital retailers supporting the service were iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, and Google Play, but today the latest retailer has joined: FandangoNOW.

    FandangoNOW is the ticketing service company's video on-demand service, and now users who stream and purchase films on FandangoNOW will see their content piped to Movies Anywhere. This means that when using the Movies Anywhere app and website, FandangoNOW customers can access eligible digital movies from studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), and Warner Bros.

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    Once a FandangoNOW account is connected to Movies Anywhere, users can watch their redeemed digital films on multiple supported devices with Movies Anywhere apps, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Android and Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, and on Mac and PC. According to Fandango CMO Adam Rockmore, a major advantage of FandangoNOW is having "one of the industry's largest collections of 4K Ultra HD movies," but as of yet the service doesn't have an app for Apple TV.
    Since its launch late last year, Disney stated that Movies Anywhere now provides access to a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies, and it has been used to store over 100 million movies to date. In addition to purchases made on connected digital retailers' stores, Movies Anywhere lets customers redeem digital codes that they find included in physical Blu-ray and DVD disc cases.

    In celebration of the launch, FandangoNOW is offering two free films -- Ghostbusters (2017) and Ice Age -- when FandangoNOW is the first account a user connects to Movies Anywhere. This is part of Movie Anywhere's "5 Movies on Us" promotion, where the fist digital retailer linked nets you the previously mentioned films, and the second retailer linked provides you with an additional three free films: Big Hero 6, The LEGO Movie, and Jason Bourne.

    Disney is also using the announcement as a promotion for today's digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, adding in a few new Star Wars themed profile picture options to the service. On the iTunes store on Apple TV, Disney is still the only major Hollywood studio not supporting 4K. It's believed that price is the reason behind the lack of support, because Apple is adamant about keeping 4K films equal to HD prices at $19.99, while Disney sells its films in 4K on apps like VUDU at a higher price of $24.99.

    Article Link: Movies Anywhere Expands Digital Retailer Support With New Partner FandangoNOW
     
  2. cknibbs macrumors regular

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    Would love this service to expand to Canada
     
  3. MysteryMii215 macrumors regular

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    I feel like this is the final nail in the coffin for UltraViolet (since VUDU and FandangoNOW are the last two major services that support UltraViolet). Now all we need is for Paramount and Lionsgate to come on board (Oh, and for Disney to begin offering 4K HDR content on iTunes).
     
  4. eNJayBe macrumors newbie

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    I’m waiting for support in the UK
     
  5. guzhogi macrumors 68030

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    I occasionally use VUDU & Movies Anywhere to get the digital versions of my DVDs. Just scan the proof of purchase on the back of the DVD, and pay something like $2.50 for the SD version, $5 for the HD version. You have to put in your home address, though. Probably so it could see make sure you're scanning the DVD at home and not at a store. Doesn't have all my movies, and doesn't do combos (like box sets) nor TV shows. But kinda nice to have both the DVD & digital download, especially for older movies that wouldn't have had a digital download option when sold.
     
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    I hated Ultraviolet since it made buying a digital copy with your physical copy a chore. Prior to that iTunes was it and I loved it. Now that MA seems to brought it back under one roof, it makes it easier again. I started pulling out old UV codes I never redeemed and all but three worked, I believe those three were Studios not on board. This is a great step in the right direction.
     
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    Like MysteryMii215 said, nowif we could just get Paramount and Lionsgate, then Disney 4k...

    I'd like to see a this same type service with TV shows. Ideally instead of movies anywhere this could become media anywhere and have TV shows sync'ed cross provider too.
     
  8. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502

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    Amen to both of those!

    I can appreciate that every studio has their own idea of 'how things should be', but at the end of the day they make a product they want to sell... and we [may or may not] want to buy. Making it super-easy to buy and use that product will do nothing but increase sales. Customers hate hard.

    As for the TV, I don't buy a lot (and indeed don't even watch television shows on a regular basis) but do have copies of some that I consider classics worth watching. M*A*S*H, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, All in The Family, and others. Some are available digitally but most are not. If I *could* buy them and link through Movies (Media) Anywhere... that would make me far more likely to acquire more.
     
  9. JosephAW macrumors 68000

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    Great 5 new movies now. Let me know when linking amazon or others results in free movies.
     
  10. kylew1212 macrumors regular

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    I don't have that many TV shows either, but if an equivalent service to Movies Anywhere were available to TV shows I would buy more. As it stands I have some TV shows on Google Play and some on iTunes.
    I have basically stopped buying TV Shows now. However since Movies Anywhere I have purchased a significant number of new movies.


    Initially if you linked any 2 providers you got 5 movies for free. I believe this offer still stands. I linked Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play and got all 5 for free last year.
     
  11. mlabonte21 macrumors member

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    Just know that when you do that, you won't be getting 4K versions anywhere.

    You may be better off waiting for your favorite movies to be on sale in iTunes, or a 4K sale in Vudu.

    Even if you 'don't care' about 4K right now, its good to future-proof so you don't have to pay for the same movie again for a 3rd time down the road.
     
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    I am hoping that Vudu or iTunes will launch a service to upgrade your movie to 4k for a reduced price. Vudu has a disc to digital service where SD movies can be upgraded to HD so they should offer an HD to UHD service too.
     
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    We need the last 2 studios and independents on board.
     
  14. MysteryMii215 macrumors regular

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    Films from indie studios are usually distributed on home video by one of the bigger studios (Example: A24's home video distribution is handled by Lionsgate).
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    iTunes already upgrades your movies to 4K for free.
     
  15. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    It is desperately needed in the UK. Ultraviolet is now down to only 1 provider, and that is Flixster, who have stopped in USA, so how long before they stop in the UK?
     
  16. kylew1212 macrumors regular

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    iTunes films are apparently only upgraded to 4K for free if they were purchased from iTunes or an iTunes code was redeemed. There's been a lot of talk about this over in the Apple TV forum.
     
  17. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a

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    I love this service. No more chained to a specific ecosystem when buying movies!
     
  18. burgman macrumors 68000

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    Yes, watching my iTunes library on a Roku TV with the app means I don’t have purchase another Apple TV.
     

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