Disney’s Movies Anywhere service only started supporting 4k/HDR towards the end of 2018, even after launching a year earlier. But late is better than never, as the UltraViolet movie database is going away this summer and MA will be taking its place as a central personal library for digital consumers.
So, how do you playback 4/HDR content from Movies Anywhere? Here are some simple steps.
1. Purchase a Digital 4k Title
You first need to purchase a digital movie or TV show in 4k. Not all digital titles offer 4k, or HDR for that matter, but most major releases are available in UHD with either Dolby Vision or HDR10 for High Dynamic Range (HDR). You can’t purchase a digital movie from MA itself, but the service will link you to a digital retailer such as iTunes, Prime Video or Vudu.
2. Use a Supporting Device
There are plenty of devices that play 4k/HDR from Movies Anywhere — we hope yours is one of them. Movies Anywhere currently supports 4k/HDR on Apple TV 4k, select Roku 4k models, Chromecast Ultra, Fire TV 4k models, Nvidia Shield, Toshiba Fire TV Edition, and Sony Bravia Android Smart TVs. See a full list of specific 4k devices.
3. Make Sure You Have Sufficient Internet Speed
Movies Anywhere recommends a minimum internet speed of 25Mbps, but we’ve seen smooth 4k streams from 15Mbps without any interruptions. We also recommend hard-wiring your TV or device rather than use Wi-Fi, which can sometimes be affected by interference. But if you’re a gamer you already know this :)
That’s it! Movies Anywhere is sure to be getting a lot more use as UltraViolet closes and digital redemption codes will need to be redeemed somewhere. Of course, you always use iTunes, Google, Vudu and other services to redeem a title. But, it’s nice to have one central platform to rely on.