Get a free digital copy of Pixar's "The Incredibles"
You don't often see the words "Disney" and "free" in the same sentence. More often it's "Disney" and "price hike," like yesterday when the company announced plans to raise Disney World ticket prices to $99
Guess that's how they can afford this giveaway. (What, me bitter?)
Today, Disney announced its new Movies Anywhere service
, which provides access to a library of over 400 Disney, Pixar, and Marvel flicks--really, really good stuff like "The Avengers," "Frozen," and "Up."
More on that in a bit. For now, the important news: You can get a free digital copy of "The Incredibles"
when you create a Disney account and link it to your iTunes account. And it's the best kind of free: no hassles, no strings attached. (Well, okay, the "string" is the need to have an iTunes account. Is there anyone out there who doesn't?)
The easiest way to get started is to download the Movies Anywhere app to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Tap the Sign In button, then scroll down a bit to where you can create a new account. (You can also do this in your desktop browser if you prefer, then just sign into the app.)
With that done, just follow the prompts to connect Movies Anywhere with your iTunes account. A few taps later, you'll be back in the Movies Anywhere app, where you can tap My Collection to see your movies.
That collection should include not only "The Incredibles" (which you can stream or download, or watch on Apple TV), but also any Disney movies you've already purchased via iTunes.
Indeed, the app is really kind of an aggregator for the company's films, though you can also use it to browse and buy additional ones. Renting is not an option, but you can still do that via iTunes proper. In fact, even if you buy a movie, the transaction happens via iTunes.
Movies Anywhere will also give you under-one-roof access to any digital copies you received with DVDs or Blu-rays you purchased. And Disney doles out reward points for each movie you buy within the app. Grab "Thor: The Dark World" in HD, for example, and you get 150 points. But the rewards themselves are fairly lame, and it would cost you 250 points just to get something crappy like a Monsters University Mike 3D Magnet.
So, yeah, the only real advantage I can see to using the app is scoring your free copy of "The Incredibles" (which is well worth the effort, IMHO). Granted, parents of younger kids might find it handy as a launching point for movies, rather than letting kids monkey around in iTunes proper, but otherwise there's not a ton of incentive for using it.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
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