Disney Movies Anywhere

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Disney Movies Anywhere
Disney Movies Anywhere Logo.png
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Introduced 2013
Website www.disneymoviesanywhere.com

Disney Movies Anywhere is a digital movie locker for Disney movies. It allows digital purchases from iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu, and allows streaming of content over the web. It is powered by a proprietary digital rights system called KeyChest.


Disney Digital Copy (formerly Disney File) is a predecessor to Disney Movies Anywhere.

Compatible Digital Retailers[edit]

Comparison of streaming providers[edit]

Resolution Ultraviolet
SD (480p) HD (720p) HDX (1080p)
Walmart VUDU Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apple iTunes Yes Yes [1] Yes [2] No
Google Play Yes Yes [3] Yes [4] No


KeyChest Logo.png
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Introduced 2010

Contrasting from UltraViolet, a centrally managed Keychest server allows streaming access to the content. Purchasing content, either online or through physical media, creates a unique key stored in a digital rights locker that unlocks the ability to stream the content to any electronic device capable of playing it. Because the actual content remains on the servers as opposed to being downloaded and played locally, the manufacturers retain control of access to the files. This architecture is now the basis for the Disney Movies Anywhere website and iOS app. The service stores your movies in a digital library that is linked to your Apple iTunes, Google Play, or Vudu accounts, and Disney Movies Rewards accounts, much like the linkage requirement of Ultraviolet.[5][6]


The technology has been praised for its potential to improve consumer convenience,[7] but has attracted criticism for enabling further use of digital rights management.[8]


There are a number of potential obstacles to implementation. Studios, retailers and service providers will be the ultimate deciding factor when it comes to pricing the extra flexibility KeyChest promises to provide which could ultimately mean higher prices for features that some people may not specifically be interested in. In addition, attracting studios seems to be a challenging endeavour for Disney even though their approach says to be using more open standards than the competing UltraViolet system.[9] Which leaves the biggest obstacle being the competing UltraViolet system as a whole which has the support of all the other major Hollywood movie studios[10] with the only exception being the Walt Disney Studios.


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