Verizon FiOS has become the first major pay-TV operator to integrate Disney’s cloud-based electronic sell-through and digital locker service Disney Movies Anywhere.
FiOS users will be able to purchase movies from the service’s collection of 450 titles which, starting today, also includes the digital release of recent theatrical title The Jungle Book.
Not only will FiOS users be able to watch these films on their Verizon-provided set-tops and via the operator’s multi-screen apps, they’ll be able to merge movie collections purchased via Verizon’s six-year-old EST service with those bought through Disney Movies Anywhere.
Users can also watch their titles through the Disney Movies Everywhere app, which supports most major playback device platforms.
“Disney Movies Anywhere will let FiOScustomers watch all their great Disney movies on their home TVs with FiOS on Demand and on their phones or tablets with the FiOS Mobile app – anywhere they are,” said Tricia Lynch, executive director of content strategy and acquisitions for Verizon, in a statement.
Disney launched the cloud-based service in 2014 as a means of competing with pay-TV operators like Comcast and Verizon, who were ramping up EST services. The latest trend among operators, however, is to embrace and embed popular programming services into their offerings, much like Comcast has with Netflix.
- read this Disney press release