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Will Your Movies Stored in the Cloud be Playable on All Your Devices?

Updated on August 24, 2016
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DVDs are one of the most popular ways to distribute movies and TV series. Their advantage is that you can have your digital support at home and play it anytime and anywhere. The disadvantage is that you cannot legally have a copy of your DVD on your mobile devices (due to DRM restrictions) and that optical disks, just like every storage system, do not last forever: generally after 20-30 years they risk to get broken. If you live in a country supported by UltraViolet service you can get a digital copy of your DVDs stored in the cloud. But if you cannot have UltraViolet, then your movies remain "trapped" in their physical supports. For this reason, in addition to DVDs, other distribution types started to be used by the industry.

Your Movies on the Cloud

A new way to sell movies requires you to go to an online store, purchase or rent your desired video, and then you are able to watch it from the device, by streaming it in the cloud, or even by downloading it. If movie is rented, access to it is temporary, otherwise you can purchase it and watch it forever. The main advantage of using online stores is that you have all your digital movies stored in your devices and in your account, and so if your phone get broken, you will be able to re-download your purchases from a new one. You will be also able to just watch the movie online without downloading it. In addition, with smart TVs or specific devices like Apple TV or Google Chromecast, you will be able to watch your content on the big screen.

A video about Google Play Movies

Are You Tied To Your Movie Store?

Yes, that is true: when you buy a movie through a store you are literally tied to that store, and so often to a specific ecosystem: if you buy movies from iTunes, you will be able to play them only on Apple devices and PCs: not Android or Windows Phones. But in general you can experience more freedom: buying movies from iTunes is good if you like Apple products and are willing to use them even in the future. Otherwise, just choose Google Play Movies, which is available on Android, PCs and also Apple mobile devices. XBox Videos is another great store, but only for Microsoft phones and PCs. The Italian store Chili TV, which has opened also in some other European countries, is practically cross-platform (however you cannot stream your purchases outside the country associated with your account) So basing on devices you use, it is not difficult to choose what store is better for you, and you can also maintain multiple catalogues on different stores if you want.

Apple TV Device Allows you to Watch your iTunes Purchases on the Big Screen

Compatibility of some Online Movies Stores among Different Platforms

Google Play Movies
XBox Video
Chili TV
Windows PCs
Android Devices
Windows Mobile Devices
Apple iOS Devices

And you? Do you buy movies online?

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You should not be worried about being limited on the ability of choosing devices, if you decide to purchase your movies on stores like Google Play, which supports several platforms. The biggest problem comes if you purchase movies from iTunes, but at the fact, this store is suggested only for people who are completely based on Apple devices and will continue to use them.

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