Speaking of which, Movies Anywhere allows you to stream movies directly from their website and app, and offers bitrates comparable to iTunes — even if I don’t find all of my movies necessarily offer Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos via Movies Anywhere, even when they made iTunes. It’s a good secondary option, though.
Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other services tend to have lower quality, even if they still look pretty decent in a pinch, or if you’re renting a movie that doesn’t require the maximum in print quality.
App Availability: Check in your Streaming Box and Smart TV
Of course, video and audio quality means nothing if a data app isn’t available on your platform of choice. Fortunately, this isn’t as problematic as before, especially since Apple has started offering its app on platforms other than Apple. You’ll find the Apple TV app on Amazon’s Fire devices, Google TV, Roku boxes, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and many smart TVs from the biggest manufacturers. You can see the complete list of supported devices here.
The same goes for Movies Anywhere, which is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire devices, Roku boxes, Google TV, and many smart TVs. Movies Anywhere doesn’t seem to be available on Xbox or PlayStation game consoles — see theirs list of supported devices.
Other applications are fairly widely available, although they may lag in support for some devices.Vudu is only now available on Amazon Fire TV, and the Microsoft Movie app is not available on non-Microsoft platforms (even if it is compatible with Movies Anywhere). Google also has a history of, uh, having beef with some streaming box manufacturers, what about the long feud he had with Amazon and his current fight with Roku– even if for now, your Google-purchased movies should be available in the YouTube app on almost any device.
If you use Apple and Movies Anywhere, these availability holes shouldn’t matter too much, since you can always buy a movie on Google Play or Microsoft Movies & TV and watch it through any Movies Anywhere compatible service. Just make sure, again, that you are not using that strategy to buy a film that will not be transferred– You want to buy the ones on the platform that you actually use to store. The same goes for any rentals or TV shows, which you have to watch out for about the service in question.
Prices, Offers and Gifts: Rack up Credit on Amazon, Google, and Others
You might think that it would be better to stick to just one digital display case for all your movies – after all, if Apple TV is available in all of your streaming boxes, why buy it elsewhere? The answer, of course, is offers.
All streaming services have sales and offers here and there, from superhero movie sales to weekly specials that run on a regular basis. But each service also has its own advantages. Microsoft, for example, recently offered the first seasons of Dragon Ball Super and One Piece to Game Pass subscribers, and Apple is currently giving many Apple TV subscribers + $ 5 credits thanks to the extension of their free trials.
Google is more flexible with their offers, occasionally offering coupons or Google Play credits through theirs Chromebook Perks page, the Benefits tab of the Google One app, the Offers tab in the Google Home app, and in the Google Play Store itself. You can also accumulate Google Play credits quite easily with it Google Opinion Rewards app on Android, which I’ve used for several purchases in the past — although I rarely watch movies on Google Play itself. (Thanks, movies everywhere!)