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

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.

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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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  • ibmthink

    07 August, 2018 - 5:43 am

    <p>Too bad its US only…</p>

  • BeckoningEagle

    Premium Member
    07 August, 2018 - 6:39 am

    <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">One of these things is not like the others</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">One of these things just doesn't belong</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Can you tell which thing is not like the others</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">By the time I finish my song?</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Did you guess which thing was not like the others?</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong?</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">If you guessed Monsters, Inc is not like the others</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Then you're absolutely…right!</span></p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      07 August, 2018 - 9:05 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300031">In reply to BeckoningEagle:</a></em></blockquote><p>I believe Monsters, Inc. was a previous freebie for linking up some account to Disney/Movies Anywhere.</p>

  • toph36

    07 August, 2018 - 7:49 am

    <p>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.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      07 August, 2018 - 9:05 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300049">In reply to toph36:</a></em></blockquote><p>Since rentals are temporary anyway, just rent them from Amazon.</p>

    • jrickel96

      07 August, 2018 - 10:21 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300049">In reply to toph36:</a></em></blockquote><p>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. </p><p><br></p><p>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. </p><p><br></p><p>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. </p>

    • Lauren Glenn

      09 August, 2018 - 8:40 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300049">In reply to toph36:</a></em></blockquote><p>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). </p><p><br></p><p>TV &amp; Movies was always good for DRM on a PC tablet and a PC as well.</p>

  • Darekmeridian

    07 August, 2018 - 9:36 am

    <p>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.</p><p><br></p>

    • mterrill68

      07 August, 2018 - 10:25 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300070">In reply to Darekmeridian:</a></em></blockquote><p>You don't need a MoviesAnywhere app on Xbox as once you have linked your accounts, all of your MoviesAnywhere titles will be automagically added to Movies &amp; TV.</p>

      • Darekmeridian

        07 August, 2018 - 10:01 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#300085">In reply to mterrill68:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yup correct I never used Movies &amp; TV cause didn't trust buying content from Microsoft since the Zune days. VUDU was an alternative.</p>

  • Skolvikings

    07 August, 2018 - 9:50 am

    <p>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.</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p>

    • jbinaz

      07 August, 2018 - 9:58 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300073">In reply to Skolvikings:</a></em></blockquote><p>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.</p>

      • Skolvikings

        07 August, 2018 - 10:50 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#300078">In reply to jbinaz:</a></em></blockquote><p>See my edit above. I got an email stating I received the free movie and sure enough, it shows up in my account now. I didn't have to log out or change browsers or anything like that. Thanks.</p>

        • jbinaz

          07 August, 2018 - 12:22 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#300088">In reply to Skolvikings:</a></em></blockquote><p>So funny I'm conditioned these days to expect things to happen immediately and get confused when it doesn't. "What!? I didn't get my free movie this second? But I want it now!" An issue with living in a digital age, I guess. </p>

  • jbinaz

    07 August, 2018 - 9:52 am

    <p>Should the free movie show up immediately? Not seeing it.</p>

  • jrickel96

    07 August, 2018 - 10:15 am

    <p>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. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • Rob_Wade

      07 August, 2018 - 12:13 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#300082"><em>In reply to jrickel96:</em></a><em> </em></blockquote><blockquote><em>Personally, I hate all of the X-Men movies using the younger group. </em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • mestiphal

        07 August, 2018 - 1:33 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#300118">In reply to Rob_Wade:</a></em></blockquote><p>and the fact that they can't get their timelines straight, and rebooting the timeline every other movie. with the Disney purchase, all rights should return to the Marvel studio so they save the X-Men, whether it be within the MCU or outside, but at least have a studio that knows what they're doing</p>

        • jrickel96

          07 August, 2018 - 3:17 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#300140">In reply to Mestiphal:</a></em></blockquote><p>That's kind of how they did the X-Men. Never bothered me because they never were overly attentive to continuity. It's also why Infinity War is a travesty because Marvel ignored all its continuity build up to make that dumpster fire of a film. Marvel cared a lot about continuity while Fox did not. I judge each based on the studio's level of interest in it. </p>

    • Michael Sorrentino

      07 August, 2018 - 1:49 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300082">In reply to jrickel96:</a></em></blockquote><p>X-Men: First Class was pretty much the only solid film featuring the younger iterations of the characters, though that could be cause Kevin Bacon made for a good villain.</p>

  • Patrick3D

    07 August, 2018 - 11:33 am

    <p>Oh wow, I didn't realize all of my old Xbox360 purchases were now in Movies &amp; TV as well.</p>

  • Michael Sorrentino

    07 August, 2018 - 1:52 pm

    <p>The biggest issue for me with Microsoft's Movies &amp; 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.</p>

    • jrickel96

      07 August, 2018 - 3:15 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300144">In reply to msorrentino:</a></em></blockquote><p>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). </p>

  • rbwatson0

    Premium Member
    07 August, 2018 - 1:52 pm

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

  • Grant

    07 August, 2018 - 2:28 pm

    <p>Anyone know if this is USA only AGAIN?</p>

    • rbwatson0

      Premium Member
      07 August, 2018 - 9:04 pm

      <blockquote>Of course it is. Why would you think otherwise? </blockquote><blockquote><a href="#300149"><em>In reply to grantskinner:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • MutualCore

    07 August, 2018 - 9:58 pm

    <p>Has the Windows Store redesign update gone out yet?</p>

  • jwhite8121

    07 August, 2018 - 10:51 pm

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

    • Lauren Glenn

      09 August, 2018 - 8:36 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300255">In reply to jwhite8121:</a></em></blockquote><p>Why do we need to kill Ultraviolet? If you like up with Ultraviolet AND Movies Anywhere, you have the best of both. UV was good for linking Vudu to some other retailers (but MA links to retailers you'd actually want to use).</p>

  • Lauren Glenn

    09 August, 2018 - 8:35 am

    <p>I don't mind getting a free movie. I've seen XMen Days of Future Past…. I didn't own it… now I do.</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><p><br></p><p>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…..</p>

  • nageshroy

    24 October, 2018 - 2:52 pm

    <p>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 <a href="https://swiftstreamzlivetv.com/&quot; target="_blank">swift streamz</a> is yet another one that gets all the stuff for free.</p>

  • 365live

    28 January, 2019 - 1:31 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Glad to know about Microsoft movies. There is a new movie site for everyone. No signup needed. You guys can try this </span><a href="https://www.365movies.live/&quot; target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><em><img src="">365movies</em></a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> (www.</span><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">365Movies.live)</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> website. </span></p>

  • anjon007

    25 October, 2019 - 10:47 am

    <p>Microsoft Movies is awesome</p><p><br></p><p>This is another website to <a href="https://www.moviezn.ga/&quot; target="_blank">Download</a> Free Movies</p><p><br></p>

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