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The evolution of watching movies in your PJs

How a nostalgic stack of VHS tapes can find new life in a digital locker.

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In 1895, an audience ran screaming out of a movie theater because a train was barreling straight towards them…from the screen. Apparently, they’d never seen a motion picture before. Or so the legends say. It’s hard to believe that less than a century later, people could watch movies right in their very homes using a brand new format called VHS.

It was in 1977, just a year after the debut of VHS, that a major studio decided to release 50 titles on the cutting-edge format. Despite being about $50 a tape, the novelty of watching movies in one’s pajamas was too good to pass up. From that moment on, movie collections were born. Over the next four decades, the formats of those collections evolved. As technology progressed from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray to the first digital movie files, one thing always stayed the same: how much people love their movie collections.

Now, of course, movie fans can enjoy movies far beyond the living room shelf, and can take their favorites with them whenever they go. Enter Movies Anywhere, a one-stop app that brings your favorite purchased movies together in one place so you can manage — and enjoy — your movie collection with ease. Popcorn, anyone?

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