Hands-On with Disney Movies Anywhere

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Disney’s Movie Anywhere service is now available for Android TV, and we explored the app to see how well it performed and conformed to Android TV standards.

DMA Activation
When you first launch it, you see this activation screen. You’ll need a second device to enter this code and authenticate your account. The process is simple, but a bit annoying. If you’ve connected your Google account it should be easy to log me in automatically.

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The app in general fits in very nicely by using the Leanback layout. It places items into a few simple categories and there’s a lot of content to explore.

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Except for videos you already own (like Monsters, Inc.), you’ll need to go through Google Play to buy new ones. Then you can play the movie through the built-in Google Play Movies app or through this app.

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If you’re a user without any content, you will still enjoy the Discovery section. It’s a list of free Disney-related content. It could be trailers for movies, music, or other kinds of short-form content.

Overall, this is a very slick app. Disney has done a good job of implementing Android TV standards, even including recommendations, and it comes from the same app as the mobile version. They didn’t create two separate apps, leading to user confusion and metric segregation. If you’re a Disney fan, it’s a great app to view free videos. Plus, their Movies Anywhere service is really awesome and will hopefully serve as a role model for other studios to follow. Convinced? Download it on Google Play.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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