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Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass lending feature enters open beta today

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Motion pictures Anyplace is bumping up the open beta for its new Display screen Cross film lending characteristic from Could to as we speak. You’ll nonetheless want an invitation to make use of the characteristic, however not like the closed beta that’s been working to date, customers will have the ability to sign up here to request to get entry to the characteristic.

Display screen Cross lets Motion pictures Anyplace customers quickly share movies from their libraries to different customers. The characteristic permits every person to share as much as three motion pictures monthly, giving the recipient entry to the film for as much as 14 days. Recipients then get 72 hours to complete the movie as soon as they’ve began it.

There are just a few caveats to the service, although. First off, not each Motion pictures Anyplace title within the cross-platform locker service is ready to be shared. In keeping with the corporate, over 6,000 titles will probably be included within the beta interval, which it says is roughly 80 p.c of the whole Motion pictures Anyplace catalog. However in my very own private expertise there are some large limitations — most notably, no Disney, Marvel Studios, or Star Wars movies are in a position to be shared proper now. (On condition that Motion pictures Anyplace says that Display screen Cross titles are decided by the studios, it’s a bizarre omission, since Disney operates Motion pictures Anyplace.)

Moreover, there’s a requirement that customers be lively Motion pictures Anyplace prospects to lend out their eligible movies. To qualify, you’ll both should have bought a film from a Motion pictures Anyplace-compatible digital retailer (like iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon) or redeem a digital code from a Blu-ray or DVD disc each six months.

There’s additionally no approach to view or join with different customers throughout the Motion pictures Anyplace app itself. Which means you’ll have to know that your pal has a replica of Mad Max: Fury Street prematurely and ask them to lend you a replica via conventional means, for now — there’s no choice to request motion pictures from buddies (and even see what movies they should share). Lastly, shared motion pictures can solely be streamed, not downloaded to observe offline at a later time.

Nonetheless, it’s a neat characteristic, and the closest a digital film characteristic has gotten but to the analog equal of lending a pal your favourite movie on Blu-ray for just a few days. The ultimate Display screen Cross characteristic is ready to launch for all Motion pictures Anyplace customers later this 12 months.

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