Fox, Warner Bros., Sony, & Universal Join Disney's Movie Anywhere Service

When you buy a Blu-ray not only do you get high-quality video from a physical disc but in this age of streaming, you also get a digital copy.

Studios are finally banding together in an effort to make movies more available wherever you want to watch them, instead of requiring you to purchase the same movie each time you want to watch it somewhere else.

Movies Anywhere shouldn't be confused with a similar service called Disney Movies Anywhere.

Starting with the Movies Anywhere service is pretty easy, as we mentioned earlier, you just need to connect your Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu accounts to the service by using the Movies Anywhere app or website.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney (all of Disney's live-action and animated fare as well as Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.

Singing up for Movies Anywhere is free, and Google is throwing in five free movies if you link two or more accounts to the service. "This is going to enable movie fans to sync their movie collection from the five studios across retailers, devices, platforms". In addition, as of press times, there is now an issue preventing the service from linking to VUDU accounts, but this is expected to be fixed by 10AM PT.

Per the release, "Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts". As the company is pursuing that strategy more aggressively than ever, it seems Movies Anywhere remains a big part of Disney's digital future.even if they are now willing to share.

Setting up my account was pretty simple and fast, allowing me to bring my copies of films - including Shaun of the Dead, Inception, Gone Girl and Harold and Kumar Go To White Caste - over from my iTunes account instantly.

The app will be available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire devices and Roku. Still missing: Paramount (VIA, VIAB) and Lionsgate (LGF.A, LGF.B). Think of it like your own personal, movie-only Dropbox bin, which you can tie to your iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu accounts. And while apps for competing services have usually been clunky or awkward, the brief demo we saw of the Movies Anywhere app looked sleek and well-designed.

Vanessa Coleman