Disney has struck deals with Microsoft and Amazon that will allow its movies to be synced with each company's video streaming services, putting the company known for Mickey Mouse at the heart of every major digital movie purchasing service in the world.
With the deals, Disney movies can now be automatically synced between the default video stores for Android, iOS and Windows devices as well as Amazon's Fire products. Disney Movies Anywhere serves as the backbone for the connection, with the cloud-based movie locker syncing licenses between each store – Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Microsoft Movies & TV. The locker also syncs with Walmart's VUDU service.
As detailed in a post on the official Blogging Windows website, the deal means any Disney movie – including those from subsidiary studios Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm – purchased in Microsoft's digital store will now sync with Disney Movies Anywhere and any services it links to.
New Disney Movie Anywhere apps are being released for Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Amazon's Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire Stick as part of the deals, though the same movies will also be available through Microsoft and Amazon's video apps on their own products.
In addition to its expanded availability, Disney Movies Anywhere is offering a free copy of "Monsters, Inc." to "new and existing members who connect an iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies & TV or Google Play account for the first time." The offer is available immediately and for a "limited time," though neither Disney nor Microsoft said when the deal would expire.