Microsoft’s Movies & TV service is joining Disney’s Movies Anywhere service today, which is very good news for users of the Microsoft Store and the Movies & TV app on Windows 10 and Xbox One. While there is no official announcement as of this writing, Microsoft watcher WalkingCat discovered today that the Movies Anywhere integration has a dedicated page on Microsoft’s website.
Movies Anywhere acts as a digital locker for all eligible movies purchased from iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and other digital platforms. After connecting all your accounts to Movies Anywhere, eligible movie purchases will sync with Disney’s ubiquitous Movies Anywhere, as well as with any other apps that integrate with the service.
There are some limitations to be aware of: as of today, Disney’s Movies Anywhere service is only available in the US, and movie and TV show rentals are currently not eligible. Microsoft also says that playback on Xbox 360, Windows phones and PCs running an older operating system than Windows 10 may be unavailable. Moreover, keep in mind that Movies Anywhere only supports certain movies from Disney, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. According to Microsoft, you should look for the Movies Anywhere logo on the Microsoft Store to see if a movie is eligible, but we’re not seeing it yet on different store listings we checked today.
If you already have a Movies Anywhere account, you can connect it to your Microsoft account starting today, which will add all previous eligible video purchases to your Microsoft account. For a limited time, you’ll also be able to get the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past for free when you sync your Microsoft Movies & TV account with Movies Anywhere. You can get started with Movies Anywhere on this page.
Updated 1: As spotted by Tom Warren from The Verge, Microsoft has quietly pulled the page announcing the integration of Microsoft Movies & TV with Movies Anywhere. As of now, Microsoft's service is still not listed among the different digital services you can connect to your Movies Anywhere account. We asked Microsoft for comment and we'll update this post if we hear anything back.
Update 2: Microsoft has now officially announced the integration in a blog post on Xbox Wire.