Disney Movies Anywhere Comes to Android Devices via Google Play3 Nov, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The Walt Disney Studios and Google Play Nov. 3 announced a partnership that lets Android users enjoy their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collections across their devices through Disney Movies Anywhere.
Launched this past February, Disney Movies Anywhere is the studio’s buy-once-play-anywhere digital movie service. Consumers can buy movies, exclusively from iTunes, or view previously purchased content, either movies they’ve bought from iTunes or digital copies of films redeemed through a code that comes with Disney Blu-ray Disc combo packs.
The integration with Google Play is a big step forward for the proprietary cloud-based movie service, Disney’s answer to UltraViolet, which is supported by all major studios except Disney. UltraViolet is also backed by a consortium of about 85 companies, including prominent retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy.
With the Google Play integration, consumers can access their Disney films through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. All they have to do is download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and connect to their Google accounts.
“We are very excited to announce Google Play as our newest partner for Disney Movies Anywhere,” said Janice Marinelli, president of Disney Studio In-Home and Digital Distribution & Disney-ABC Content Distribution. “We set out to create an exceptional Disney experience that made owning digital movies easy and fun, and with Google Play now on board following our successful launch in February, we are able to deliver unprecedented availability and ease for consumers across a broad range of mobile devices.”
Google Play is an online store with millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more. Google Play Movies & TV offers new-release movies, classic films and next-day TV shows consumer can rent or buy in HD or SD and watch on any device using the Android or iOS operating systems, as well as on their computers.
“We want to make it easy for movie fans to enjoy all of their past and future digital purchases across all of their devices. Our partnership with Disney now gives Google Play users the ability to conveniently watch all of their Disney, Marvel and Pixar digital movies that have been purchased from any Disney Movies Anywhere participating retailer,” said Jonathan Zepp, head of Google Play Movies partnerships.
With Disney Movies Anywhere, consumers can explore Disney’s library of more than 400 digital titles from Disney, Pixar and Marvel; preview upcoming offerings and enjoy hours of free, exclusive short-form content; and discover curated content based on their individual preferences. In addition to browsing titles available for purchase, consumers can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-ray Discs and DVDs directly in Disney Movies Anywhere, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points for digital purchases.
For a limited time, Disney Movies Anywhere users who connect a new participating retailer account will receive a free digital copy of Disney’s hit animated film Wreck-It Ralph. The launch of Disney Movies Anywhere on Google Play also coincides with the release of Maleficent, one of the year’s biggest hits, and Disney’s animated Planes: Fire & Rescue, both out on digital and Blu-ray Nov. 4.