Tip: Link Your MSA to Movies Anywhere, Get a Free Movie

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Movies & TV with 36 Comments

Now that Microsoft’s Movies & TV app is finally compatible with the Movies Anywhere service, the software giant is offering you an incentive to link up in the form of a free movie. The bad news? It’s one of the lesser X-Men movies.

Still. A free movie is a free movie.

Click here to connect your Microsoft Account (MSA) to Movies Anywhere. You’ll be prompted to sign-in to your Microsoft Account and authorize the link-up.

While you’re there, you should also link any other movie services you may use: Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Fandango Now, Google Play Movies & TV (which includes YouTube), and VUDU are all compatible. And once you make these connections, any eligible purchases you made across any of the services.

So what does “eligible purchases” mean? Today, five of the biggest movie studios in the world support this service. So most of the movies you’ve bought that were made by Disney, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. should show up everywhere. There is, however, a list of exceptions. And, of course, some big studios—like Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount—that do not currently participate.

Practically speaking, you should see between one-half and two-thirds of the movie purchases you’ve made across all of the compatible services appear.

Oh, and that free movie? It’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Sorry.


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36 responses to “Tip: Link Your MSA to Movies Anywhere, Get a Free Movie”

  1. ibmthink

    Too bad its US only...

  2. 365live

    Glad to know about Microsoft movies. There is a new movie site for everyone. No signup needed. You guys can try this 365movies (www.365Movies.live) website.

  3. nageshroy

    Become a great fan of Microsoft movies; the way we can find all the movies and stuff is really easy and yes, it's the best source to get all the movies, tv shows and all but swift streamz is yet another one that gets all the stuff for free.

  4. Lauren Glenn

    I don't mind getting a free movie. I've seen XMen Days of Future Past.... I didn't own it... now I do.

    Still better than getting free videos that I don't want like I did with Vudu: Valentine's Day, Psycho, The Producers.... this movie I'd actually watch.

    I haven't bought any movies through Microsoft but now I may.... I only buy from iTunes because I can download them where I think you can from Microsoft, but I'm not sure anymore if you're allowed to.....

  5. jwhite8121

    pretty cool part about movies anywhere is that when you merge all your purchases from vudu, google play and microsoft store into your movies anywhere account they give you a copy of the movie in your movies purchased section of iTunes Store. For example if you bought a movie from VUDU and not itunes and when the merging is done it shows up in your purchase history in iTunes and you can watch it from there. I think they give you a HDR copy of the newer titles through iTunes.

    I think if or when Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate join Movies Anywhere this is going to kill Ultraviolet as we know it.

  6. MutualCore

    Has the Windows Store redesign update gone out yet?

  7. Grant

    Anyone know if this is USA only AGAIN?

  8. rbwatson0

    Days of future past is the second best X men movie behind x3. What kind two bit movie review site is this? /s

  9. Michael Sorrentino

    The biggest issue for me with Microsoft's Movies & TV app, is that for certain films is shows doubles. For example, I see 2 Captain America: The First Avengers and there is literally no difference between the two when I go into them.

    • jrickel96

      In reply to msorrentino:

      Some are Movies + Bonus. I think others are artifacts of the old Disney Movies Anywhere. It looks like an algorithmic hiccup for a few titles. I've seen it on other services as well - or even found some where different versions don't come in (for instance iTunes only has the theatrical Batman v Superman instead of both, though I bought both from Vudu. Microsoft has both the Ultimate and Theatrical, so it imported better than iTunes in that case).

  10. Patrick3D

    Oh wow, I didn't realize all of my old Xbox360 purchases were now in Movies & TV as well.

  11. BeckoningEagle

    One of these things is not like the others

    One of these things just doesn't belong

    Can you tell which thing is not like the others

    By the time I finish my song?

    Did you guess which thing was not like the others?

    Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong?

    If you guessed Monsters, Inc is not like the others

    Then you're absolutely...right!

  12. jrickel96

    Umm, Days of Future Past is often considered THE BEST X-Men film unless you want to call Logan an X-Men film. X2 is the only one that you can really make an argument for being better than it. Days of Future Past is 90% on Rotten Tomatoes with 91% approval by viewers. Only Logan scored better.

  13. jbinaz

    Should the free movie show up immediately? Not seeing it.

  14. Skolvikings

    I don't know if there's a delay or something, but I just linked my MSA to Movies Anywhere and I don't see the X-Men movie in my movies.

    EDIT: About 15 minutes after I connected my MSA, I got an email saying I received the free X-Men movie. So I just had to be patient.

    • jbinaz

      In reply to Skolvikings:

      We posted the same thing at almost exactly the same time. I a) logged in via a different browser, and b) disconnected my MSA and then reconnected it, and it immediately showed up. I have no idea if it was the disconnect/reconnect, the fact I did it in a different browser, or enough time went by (couldn't have been more then 10 minutes, but more likely 5) but it's now showing.

  15. Darekmeridian

    If you are on an Xbox there is no MoviesAnywhere app yet. You can always use Edge and play thru the browser, this is cumbersome to me. However you can download the VUDU app on Xbox and link it to MoviesAnywhere and your movies will show up in that app and you can play them on the Xbox pretty easily.

  16. toph36

    Done! I wouldn't even consider buying movie from Microsoft before, but now I might since I will now be able to watch it on my TV through the MA app or Amazon Prime onces it syncs. Still need an app for Fire TV to watch rentals.

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to toph36:

      Rent movies from Microsoft if you have a Windows tablet though or plan to use one even with Fire stick. Video playback uses more acceleration than iTunes (definitely) and most likely more than Amazon would. It's like how Zune would play HD video really well for podcasts and movies and every other DRM loaded videos were always very choppy... it has to remove DRM and do video acceleration (which it doesn't do very well anyway).

      TV & Movies was always good for DRM on a PC tablet and a PC as well.

    • jrickel96

      In reply to toph36:

      Added advantage of buying from MS: Microsoft Rewards. You'll get points for purchases and can get gift cards, free months of game pass, sweepstakes entries, etc.

      Nice feature of MoviesAnywhere is you can check prices at all the stores before you buy a movie and know (with a few exceptions) that you'll be able to watch it on any of the big platforms.

      Now if Microsoft wants to leap ahead, they need to add better management of collections. All the platforms are pretty much just lists, but MS could set itself apart by letting us create folders to sort our collections in. Like dropping every Star Trek movie into a folder called "Star Trek". As collections get large (I have over 400 digital films in my library) we will need better ways to manage them than a list that is sortable by alpha, release date, or purchase date. VUDU does allow narrowing down by genre, but more can be done.

    • Paul Thurrott

      In reply to toph36:

      Since rentals are temporary anyway, just rent them from Amazon.

  17. anjon007

    Microsoft Movies is awesome

    This is another website to Download Free Movies

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