A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Movies Anywhere is a movie storage and viewing site. Parents can set some controls on this movie storage and viewing site to allow their child to watch only movies with a certain rating. Users aren't asked to enter an age when registering, so kids might be able to sign up, but to add and watch movies, they'll need to have a digital media account to link their Movies Anywhere account to. Some films may have inappropriate content, but they can only be watched with a digital subscription or a purchase of that film. Otherwise, trailers are generally acceptable for most audiences.
What's it about?
MOVIES ANYWHERE is a movie storage and viewing site. Users create a free account and connect it to their digital movie retail accounts to store and watch full-length feature films they've downloaded from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu. The site promotes recent Hollywood hits you can buy from those providers, divided into sections like Laugh Out Loud and Family Movie Night. Viewers can also watch previews, deleted scenes, and extras, and see suggestions for similar films to watch.
Is it any good?
If you're an adult, the premise of access to all of your movies in one place is great, but for younger kids, it's somewhat limited because you have to be able to purchase or own an account. Movies Anywhere lets you connect your account on this site to your other digital video accounts, so you'll be able to access the films you've purchased all in one place. Instead of jockeying between different services to watch viewing selections, movie buffs just have to log on to one website. In theory, that sounds great. Movies Anywhere doesn't sell direct viewing access; select movies are showcased on the site, and users can purchase them by choosing one of the four digital video services the site supports. But beware: If kids are on a computer or other device and can easily access their parent's Amazon, iTunes, or other digital account linked on the site, they could ring up a hefty media bill by the end of the month.
In addition, although ratings are listed, there often isn't much information about what elements made films PG-13 or R; kids can also, without registering, watch lengthy trailers that may contain themes parents would rather they didn't see. A decent number of family-friendly films are promoted on the site, including a couple that users get for free just for signing up; that alone may convince some parents to let kids use Movies Anywhere -- but it's probably best to keep viewing limited to times when Mom and Dad are around.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how much time you should spend watching movies, even if you're viewing something meant for kids. What limits can you set to ensure you're also enjoying other activities?
Talk about collecting digital files. When it comes to movies, do you and your family understand the difference between owning and renting?
Once accounts are linked, it's fairly easy to click through to a provider you have an account with and buy a movie, with kids not even realizing they're spending real money. How you can tell an online transaction is about to occur? What signs indicate a parent's credit card may be charged?
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