Microsoft Movies & TV now a Movies Anywhere retailer

The time has come! Let us all rejoice. Microsoft Movies & TV is now an official retailer in the Movies Anywhere program. This means that along with Google Play, VUDU, iTunes, Prime Video, and Fandango Now, you can now have one central place for all of your movies – as long as it’s from a participating retailer and movie studio.

Movies on your Xbox and Windows 10 devices can now escape the walled garden and be viewed via YouTube, Apple TV, Roku, and more. All you need to do is connect your Microsoft account to your Movies Anywhere account.

Happy days are here, again, my friends!

Conversation Piece: Kudos to NBA Live ’19

For a quick second, in the name of inclusion, let’s give kudos to NBA Live ’19. Not only are they going to allow players to create female ballers, those female ballers will get to experience the game in the same way the male ballers do.

EA Sports took a step in this direction, last year, by including the WNBA in their game. Now, they’re going a major step forward by letting players create their own female superstar.

My only worry is how this will translate to online play. It’s gotta be one thing when you’re an African-American baller headed to the multiplayer courts (I can tell you stories). It can be another when you see a woman calling “Next!”

With that said, I’m glad games are going down this path. Very glad, indeed.

Conversation Piece: When does a ‘family of devices’ have to distance from one of its own?

I give Xbox a lot of credit for referring to “a family of devices.” There’s the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X. All of your games and accessories (yes, we all know about the cluster that is Kinect) work on all three, of course, with varying degrees of technical abilities.

If I am allowed to bring in some Zune expertise, this brings up an interesting question: At what point do we have to stop acknowledging the original Xbox One?

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Conversation Piece: Someone really needs to fix the TV anywhere app authentication problem!

I’ll keep this short, otherwise I could go on a long, profanity-laced tirade:

Something needs to be done with the way TV apps are authenticated on devices. It seems that with every update to a TV app, I now have to go in and resubmit my TV provider. I have to go to a site, enter some code, pick my provider, log into provider, wait, watch.

Folks I thought we had the advantage of technology.

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