Disney and its landmark Movies Anywhere application will be the new powerhouse in the streaming playground. Streaming giants such as Netflix will have new competition as Movies Anywhere by Disney allows streamers to watch films and series from services such as Vudu, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
According to CNET, this is all thanks to the backing of five major Hollywood studios. This service, which launched just on October 12, will be an all-in-one app that brings together the power of multiple streaming apps.
This means viewers in the United States can access their accounts from various paid streaming services in just one place. Interestingly, it appears those who avail of the service can access their Amazon Video, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play accounts in the Movies Anywhere by Disney all at once. And then, afterwards, they can play whatever their streaming services allow them to in the app.
The application will work on Amazon Fire devices, Android and iOS devices, browsers, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku devices, and Apple TV. Disney says there are actually more retailers and platforms to arrive as well.
Interestingly, the entire endeavor is also backed by big Hollywood studios. These include Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Universal Pictures.
This means titles rom Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, and Disney itself are also available for viewing.
Of course, Hulu and Netflix appear to be absent from these compatible digital services. Interestingly, it’s not as if they are left without their own amazing showcases as well. Their own “original” segments such as “Stranger Things” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” has allowed Hulu and Netflix to appeal to vast audiences as well.
Karin Gilford, Walt Disney Studios senior vice president, appears to be the lead of the Movies Anywhere project. In a statement, he said his team will be composed of a “cross-functional” team of professionals in various industries. This will hopefully make Movies Anywhere a virtual watching shop for consumers that want to stream movies and series from their devices.
This also offers a centralized platform for their various streaming services. This will be in direct competition with Hulu and Netflix, which prided themselves as the leaders in the digital streaming service – so far, at least.
It is still unspecified if the service will reach outside the United States.