In March last year, Movies Anywhere announced that they would be creating a Screen Pass digital lending program to let your friends and family borrow your digital copies of movies. After a long beta, Screen Pass is now available to everyone. With certain limits.
Screen Pass works like leaving your DVDs to a friend. Just skip dirty DVDs, everyone just needs a Movies Anywhere account. You create a video card for your chosen title and hand it out to a friend or family member; then they can watch your movie copy.
Viewers have 14 days to start the film and 72 hours to watch. It is quite similar to the terms of digital movie rentals, just without having to submit a payment. But you can not share all movies in the service.
Movies Anywhere says that about 80% of its catalog is eligible for sharing. There are about 6,500 movies, and the list is growing. But some movies can not be shared. And you can only share three screen passes per month, which is likely to be reduced by using Screen Pass as a method to avoid paying for movies in full. It is, after all, a lending service.
However, you can pair a Screen Pass with Movies Anywhere’s Watch Together feature, so if your friend wants to watch a movie with you, but you have to stay apart due to the global pandemic, this is a decent solution to the problem.
Screen Pass is available to all US customers from today.