Microsoft is in Talks to Join Movies Anywhere

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Microsoft Movies & TV, Mobile, Music + Videos, Windows 10, Xbox One with 36 Comments

Microsoft is in Talks to Join Movies Anywhere

As you may know, Microsoft’s Movies & TV service was left out in the cold when Disney expanded Movies Anywhere to include multiple content providers. But that will likely change, I was told.

“Microsoft is committed to delivering rich entertainment experiences to our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson told me. “And we’re in discussions with Movies Anywhere about bringing their service onboard.”

If you’re not clear what that means, you can refer back to my October 2017 post, Disney’s Movies Anywhere is Anywhere But Microsoft. At that time, I explained that the Movies Anywhere service, which supports content from Disney, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros., works with virtually every digital video service and device there is. Except Microsoft’s.

In the meantime, Movies & TV is still a great place for Windows 10 and Xbox One users to rent movies or buy TV show episodes.

“On Microsoft Movies & TV [today], customers can rent or buy any of the nearly 200,000 entertainment options to stream on their Xbox or Windows-based devices,” I was told.

And what about mobile devices? Obviously, accessing purchased or rented Movies & TV content on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets would be huge. But Microsoft had nothing to share on that front, sorry.

But look at it this way: If Microsoft does join Movies Anywhere, you will be able to access your content via that mobile app on Android and iOS. So Movies Anywhere compatibility would actually solve both problems.


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