Disney is closing down their Movies Online service on Dec. 31st

Disney just announced in a press release they are closing their entire stream-and-watch digital service on December 31st.

If you made any purchases directly with the online streaming store you can get a refund (according to the FAQ) by sending an email “by February 28, 2013 to support@disneymoviesonline.com with “Refund Needed” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and phone number … and we will mail you a check. No additional action is necessary on your part.”

This doesn’t have anything to do with the Disney Combo packs with a “Digital Copy” sticker that are still in stores. You can still download those from either iTunes or Windows Media Player on your computer (according to the FAQ) like this…

  • Transfer to Mac:
    • Insert the Disney Digital Copy disc into your Mac’s DVD drive, launch the application, click on the “Activate” button from the main menu and follow the on-screen instructions.
    • The iTunes application will open and guide you through the transfer.
    • When prompted by iTunes, enter the unique code found on the insert located in your DVD or Blu-ray package to activate your Disney Digital Copy.
    • After the transfer completes, the movie can be watched on your Mac and transferred to your iTunes compatible device.
  • Transfer to PC:
    • Insert the Disney Digital Copy disc into your PC’s DVD drive, launch the application, click on the “Activate” button from the main menu and follow the on-screen instructions.
    • Choose either iTunes or Windows Media for your Disney Digital Copy.
    • If you choose iTunes, the iTunes window will automatically open and guide you through the transfer:
      • Input the unique code found on the insert located in your DVD or Blu-ray package to activate the Disney Digital Copy
      • After the transfer completes, the movie can be watched on your PC or transferred to your iTunes compatible device.
    • If you choose Windows Media, follow the steps below:
      • When prompted, input the unique code found on the insert located in your DVD or Blu-ray package to activate the Disney Digital Copy and follow the on-screen instructions.
      • After the transfer completes, the movie can be watched on your PC and transferred to your PlaysForSure compatible portable device.

 

The Disney-streaming-movies was brilliant while it lasted. After logging in to the service and keying in a unique code for every Disney movie,  you could watch that movie anytime from any web browser! That was a stroke of genius! Why not watch the movie when you want where you want if you own the original copy!?  Unfortunately, some dopey-grumpy-greedy dwarf must have found out about this brilliant idea, and that was that. I bet there will probably be a “monetized” version of this service in mid-2013.

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