We’re less than a week away from the big day. That’s right! In just a few days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters! You know what this means, right? This means it’s time to prep by watching the old movies.
Of course, you’re never going to find any Star Wars movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime. This is the same set of movies that took forever to come to DVD and was one of the last to be available to purchase to stream.
But now, you can buy it to stream. It’s not cheap and you can’t rent them, but you can definitely buy them. They’re $19.99 each or you can buy the set for anywhere between $89.99 and $99.99.
So where do you buy them from? Well, you can buy them from iTunes if you’re absolutely positive that you’re going to live in the Apple ecosystem for the rest of your life. Amazon? Well, Amazon is usually pretty cross-platform, except they just banned Apple TV and Chromecast from their web site because they don’t want to support them.
Microsoft is becoming the true cross-platform company though, right? Surely, Xbox Video is the right way to go. No, in fact, Xbox Video is the one Microsoft product never to go beyond Microsoft’s own platforms. They even stripped the Xbox branding for the generic “Movies + TV” title, so don’t expect it to show up on the Apple TV any time soon.
Google Play? Well, they’re not on Apple TV yet, nor Windows Phone, if you’re into that sort of thing. Vudu? You remember Vudu, right? The movie streaming service that was their before the big boys started playing in their yard? Who knows how long Vudu will be around?
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE!!!!!!!!!
That’s right. After I looked into iTunes, Google Play, Movies + TV, Amazon, and Vudu to try to find the best option, I realized that there’s an amazing alternative.
It was actually a pick of the week on Windows Weekly once by Paul Thurrott of Thurrott.com.
It’s an app called Disney Movies Anywhere. You can grab the app but the web interface that I just linked to does the trick.
Buy the movies on any service that I mentioned above. I suggest whichever one gives you the bundle for the cheapest (Amazon and Google Play seem to be the cheapest at $89.99).
Next, head to Disney Movies Anywhere and set up an account. Go into your settings for your account. Go ahead and link your iTunes account, your Microsoft account, your Google account, your Vudu account, and your Amazon account.
BOOM! You now own ALL SIX Star Wars movies on ALL FIVE services!
This could also save you money!
Note that I said the bundle of all six movies ranges from $89.99 to $99.99. You might want to buy it on iTunes so you can watch it on your Apple TV, but it costs more on iTunes. If you buy it on Amazon and sign up for Disney Movies Anywhere, you’ll have it on iTunes for $89.99!
If the promotion is still active when you do it, you probably also got Monsters Inc. for free on all of those services as well.
I should also point out that you now own any Disney or Marvel movie you’ve ever bought on ANY of these accounts in ALL of these accounts.
UPDATE: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope is not available through Disney Movies Anywhere at the current time. The other five movies work just fine.