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Watch iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Movies in One App

Good news for those of you who have purchased movies over the years from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Vudu. A new service launching today in the US, dubbed Movies Anywhere, will let you bring those flicks together into a single library accessible on any device.

To try it out, head to the Movies Anywhere website or app and create a free account, connect your digital retail accounts to import your movies from the four aforementioned services, and voila. All the movies you've purchased from participating studios—Disney (which also encompasses Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm), Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros—will be available for you to watch.

The Movies Anywhere app works on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and Chromecast. With support from five of the world's biggest movie studios, Movies Anywhere offers access to a library of more than 7,300 digital movies.

"Movies Anywhere means that consumers never have to remember where they purchased a film or which device they can watch it on, because all of their eligible movies will be centralized within their Movies Anywhere library and available across platforms through the Movies Anywhere app and website," Walt Disney Studios Senior Vice President Karin Gilford, who is general manager of the Movies Anywhere team, said in a statement.


Plus, for a limited time, when you link two or more accounts through Movies Anywhere, you'll get five movies for free as an incentive to try it out. Those free movies include Big Hero 6, Ghostbusters (2016), Ice Age, Jason Bourne (2016), and The Lego Movie.

According to Deadline, Disney owns the new service (which was previously called Disney Movies Anywhere, and supported just the studio's movies). The report notes that Paramount and Lionsgate are "two of the main holdouts from the content side" at launch, though "there are indications that Lionsgate is supportive of the initiative and could climb aboard in the coming months."

This isn't the first time studios have tried this kind of thing. In 2011, a consortium of major Hollywood studios launched UltraViolet, a service that allows purchased movies to be stored and viewed in the cloud.

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