Movies Anywhere Will (Eventually) Let You Loan Digital Movies to Your Friends

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Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere may be one of Disney’s most significant accomplishments. Before the service, if you purchased a movie on Amazon, you couldn’t watch it on VUDU and visa versa. Now you can, along with Apple and Google purchased movies, among other services. Now the service is experimenting with allowing you to temporarily loan your digital movies to a friend, like handing them a DVD to borrow.

The new feature, called Screen Pass, will have some limits, though. You can only lend out three movies a month, and once your friend starts to watch the feature, they have 72 hours to finish.
Movies won’t limit the number of times you can share a particular movie or who you share it too. And unlike a DVD, you could share the same movie with three different friends at the same time.

Your three total shares per month reset every month, although unused shares don’t carry over.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to take advantage of Screen Pass anytime soon. A closed beta will start later today, and the company hopes to trial an open Beta in May. Movies Anywhere currently hopes to roll out the service widely in the summer.

That’s unfortunate timing for all the people stuck at home right now, but at least the feature is on the horizon.

via The Verge

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