Movies Anywhere introduces a new movie sharing feature for its Movie Locker apps that allows multiple users to sync and enjoy a movie together.
While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the display of party apps for streaming services (both third-party and official providers), the version of Movies Anywhere differs in that you can watch movies that You bought instead of limiting yourself to the streaming catalogs for which you have subscriptions (something that can change from day to day). In addition, Movies Anywhere's "Watch Together" feature works for both mobile and desktop apps. This is rare for most party services.
Set up is easy: the host sends a six-digit invitation code that guests can use to access the page for the movie in question in the Movies Anywhere app. There are no chat features or video conference overlays, just simple emoji responses and the option to pause or rewind the host.
There are, of course, some limitations: anyone who wants to join must have access to the movie on Movies Anywhere. This means that everyone must either already own the film in question or borrow a copy using the company's Screen Pass feature. The film must also be shown on Movies Anywhere, which still lacks films by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount as well as other smaller studios.
Watch Together supports up to ten viewers at the same time, although it will be difficult to reach this number, because for Movies Anywhere everyone has to have one copy and you can only rent three copies of a movie at the same time with Screen Pass. The new feature is now available on both the Movies Anywhere website and apps.