Movies Anywhere tests letting users loan out iTunes movies

Movies Anywhere tests letting users loan out iTunes movies

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Movies Anywhere combines digital purchases for a range of services.
Movies Anywhere will soon let you loan your digital movies to other people with Screen Pass.
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Movies Anywhere combines films bought through iTunes, Google Play, etc. into one service. And now it’s testing a new feature called Screen Pass that enables loaning your movies to other people.

It’s only in beta, and isn’t expected to be available to everyone until May. Which is too bad, because it would be really useful right now with so many in self isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The basic version of Movies Anywhere combines your video libraries from iTunes, Amazon, Google, Vudu, and more. A digital movie from any of these services can be watched on all of them. It’s good enough to make Cult of Mac’s list of 50 Essential iOS Apps.

Get your Screen Pass

Screen Pass is an upcoming Movies Anywhere feature that lets subscribers share up to three films a month, according to The Verge.

The recipient will have 7 days to accept the loan, then 14 days to watch the film, but they must finish it within 72 hours of starting it. Surprisingly, the owner of a movie can still watch it even after they’ve loaned it out.

Movies Anywhere is the creation of Fox, Disney, Universal, Sony, and Warner Bros. Therefore films from these studios are the only ones included in the service, and not their entire catalogues. Still, the service is free, and that goes for the Screen Pass lending service.