The Movies Anywhere digital locker app is ending the Screen Pass and Watch Together features.

The Movies Anywhere digital locker app is ending the Screen Pass and Watch Together features.

Movies Anywhere, Disney’s app that gives users access to a variety of services’ digital movie collections, is retiring two features, “Screen Pass” and “Watch Together.”

Introduced in 2020, Screen Pass lets you rent three movies a month through the app, which recipients can watch for up to 72 hours. As of May 1, users will no longer be able to share their purchased movies with friends and family. Cortacables News was the first to notice the change.

“At Movies Anywhere, we are constantly making changes to the website and app to help our users enjoy and expand their collections.” writes the company on its website. “As the experience evolves, we wanted to let you know that starting May 1, users will no longer be able to use the Screen Pass feature to submit a Screen Pass. For screen passes sent before May 1, recipients can still accept and watch the movie before their passes expire. As of June 1, the Screen Pass feature will no longer be supported.

In a separate post, Movies Anywhere announced that it will be launching the “Watch Together” feature on April 1. Essentially a party-watching feature, the feature is a synchronized TV experience where you send a room code or URL to up to nine friends to watch the same movie at the same time.

The company gave no specific reason for ending these features, but said it will focus on the experiences users are most passionate about, including expanding their movie collections and showing titles across multiple platforms. In short, it seems that not many people use Screen Pass or Watch Together.

TechCrunch reached out to Movies Anywhere for comment.

While watching and sharing movies were once popular trends, especially during the pandemic, more and more people are returning to theaters or hosting IRL parties at their homes. According to media measurement and analytics company Comscore, ticket sales in 2023 exceeded $958 million as of February 27, compared to $98.7 million in 2021.

Also, the digital movie space is not that hot anymore and streaming services are taking center stage. The streaming market is a nearly $60 billion business, with giants like Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max serving millions of subscribers.

Launched in 2014, Movies Anywhere (formerly Disney Movies Anywhere) offers digital movie collectors a single hub to access all the movies they’ve purchased from iTunes, Vudu, Prime Video, YouTube, Xfinity and more. As of 2017, it was jointly operated by Disney, Universal, WB, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox.

The most recently released feature is My Lists, an AI-powered feature released in 2021. My Lists automatically organizes movies by genre, cast, franchise, etc.

Source: La Neta Neta