Disclaimer: We were provided the Movies Anywhere code for movie as well as a gift card to purchase supplies for the party. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.
We love watching movies. Dancinghotdogs.com started as a movie review website in the early days before transforming into what it is right now. As most of us remember in the “olden” days, if we wanted to watch movies at home you either had to catch it on TV or…gasp!! Buy the DVD (I refuse to mention VHS, because that would truly make me feel old). Now we can just buy these same movies as digital copies, meaning instead of having to lug your movies around, they were always ready at the push of a button to calm crazed children or carve out a minute or two of time when waiting at the DMV.
Unfortunately, just like “mo’ money, mo’ problems” it seamed like every service or movie studio had their own way you can purchase and access those movies. From Ultraviolet, iTunes, Amazon or Google all the way to Sony and Disney if you purchases a movie there was a subsequent APP that you need to download and a brand new username and password that you had to register and remember everytime you bought something. Through in the fact that some apps you could watch on your TV and other you couldn’t. I conservatively have debated for hours if I should buy the first Iron Man movie on iTunes or Amazon. Yet I knew that this would be a problem that I would have to live with, since I could not fathom a world that movie studios and the other major companies (like Apple, Amazon and Google) would be able to work out something to be able to combine their movies into one app, then Movies Anywhere came along.
Frankly, I thought it was a joke or some fishing scam when I first got the email. I even told D to not click on the link just in case they steal our information (what a world we live in!). With that said, once I found out that it was actually real, I was ecstatic. We have honesty over a hundred digital movies that we have collected over the years (to the point that we honestly would only buy the Blu-Ray Bundles just for the digital copy and leave the rest to basically gather dust). Movies Anywhere brings movies from Sony, Disney!!! (which includes Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm), 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. Entertainment and includes the following retailers Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. So if you have a movie from any of these studios and in the library from any of these reatailers then you really have no reason to use Movies Anywhere. Almost 98% of our all the movies we had were from these studios. On top of all that, they have a deal giving you free movies when you connect your accounts (from Google, Amazon, iTunes and Vudu) to the service for a limited time. Right now the current selection is Disney’s Big Hero 6, Univeral’s Jason Bourne, Sony’s Ghostbusters (2016), 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age and Warner Bros. The Lego Movie. That is 5 pretty good movies for free (if you connect all your accounts).
Once you have it connected you can watch all your movies on any Amazon Fire device, Android, Apple TV, Chromcast, iphone/ipad and Roku. Which pretty much makes up all of entertainment devices we have at our house. You should also know that the APP is absolutely free, and doesn’t preclude you from using Amazon Video or iTunes etc to purchase or watch your movies. Once you link your account you can watch it from either of those platforms or from Movies Anywhere which is automatically updated with your purchases. With so many people going to streaming services and their constantly changing selection it is nice to know that I can watch my absolutely favorite movies without having to worry about when and where they are available.
In celebration of Movies Anywhere as well as Halloween we decided to have a family movie night featuring one of the films we have on Movies Anywhere and a Halloween classic: The Nightmare before Christmas.
We invited some friends and made some special Halloween and The Nightmare before Christmas inspired treats to eat while we enjoyed the movie.
Here are some photos:
What made the evening work so great was that we were able to watch the movie in so many different places. At the beginning of the night while everyone was eating their pizzas and their scary desserts we were in the living room. When things got too rambunctious we were able to send the kids to the playroom downstairs and they were able to finish the movie from the Roku TV downstairs.