questionswhat's the most flexible choice for digital…


Out of curiosity, what are your downloading options? I get those same codes but I've never downloaded one. I always just make my own DRM free MKV files from the original Bluray disk.


The last several blu-rays that I have purchased usually have either iTunes plus your choice of Ultraviolet provider, or just the Ultraviolet provider. I have mostly apple products (iphones, ipad, and apple TV), so the iTunes option is nice because you can watch your purchase anywhere from the cloud. As far as Ultraviolet goes, I usually prefer Vudu over Flixster for the Ultraviolet copy simply because there seems to be more devices that the Vudu app is available for (it should be available for your PS3 too). With Vudu, you also have the option to stream from the cloud, or download to your device. Basically, if your all of your devices have the particular app for the type of digital copy being provided, you are good to go.


I should add too, that once you redeem the digital copy, you own it through that provider, so you can download it to multiple devices; download it, delete it, and download it again if you want; as long as you do it through that app.


@cengland0: Thanks for your response. Not sure what the options are. I didn't want to sign in with the code for fear that I'd have to decide on the spot.

RE: creating my own files: I was just hoping that the download would be a much more painless way to get HD files for iPad/PC/laptop (also I don't have a PC with a BD player). Also I'm still digitizing my CD collection, which is such a time sink already, I wouldn't want to park myself in front of the PC for hours just to convert the discs to files.


@3dgraphics: Thanks, this is really helpful. I wasn't aware that Ultraviolet was that flexible - I assumed it limited you to a fixed number of approved and registered devices. Knowing that that is available is really reassuring.

At this point I have some physical media that granted me copies with Ultraviolet; I have others (kids' movies) linked to Disney Cloud and viewed on iPad; a handful of lame free movies on Target's instance of Ultraviolet; etc ad infinitum nauseum. Remind me how this fracturing of the licenses between dozens of middlemen is good for me as a consumer? :P


I tried doing this with a Disney movie this weekend and after linking the Disney account with my itunes account, the Disney movie never showed up in itunes. So, now, the only way I can watch the movie without the disk is to stream it off the Disney site. I think I'll contact itunes support whenever I have time but beware that there is a possibility of getting it lost (the code won't work anymore since I already entered it).


@benyust2: We were able to get a bunch of Disney Pixar movies logged into the Disney site ("Disney Movies Anywhere") and properly reflected on the iPad with the Disney app. Are you looking at the iPad's general "Videos" app? I think you need to have the Disney Movies Anywhere app.


@3dgraphics: Out of curiosity, when you download to a device using the cloud-service provider's app, are you all set for Offline viewing? So for example you don't need your device to phone home via internet to confirm you have the rights to view the file; if you're on a plane you just boot up and view?


@bls1: I did look in the general video section of itunes and it wasn't there. But, I doubt I have that app. I'll look at this when I go home. Thanks!


I'd like to reiterate that UltraViolet is probably the best option. Lots of apps and different devices.

I think it's awesome that you can download your movies to portable devices as well as watch them streaming. I use the Flixter app on my Andriod phone/tablet, Vudu and Mgo on my Rokus, and Vudu on my xbox and smart TVs/bluray players. Target and Walmart have some sort of partnership with Ultraviolet because you can buy movies from Target's streaming service and they get added. The best thing is a $5 bin at walmart that has movies with UltraViolet copies. That's a good deal for a digital movie you can have multiple copies of.

The old days of 1 device per digital copy were so lame... What happened if you got a new computer? Nothing; you couldn't transfer the movies. With UltraViolet, there are a lot more options.


@bls1: My tablet only has Wifi. I've had no problems viewing downloaded UltraViolet movies using the Flixter app when I'm away from a signal. There might be a limit of the # of devices you can download a movie to, but I haven't hit that yet... Only had the same movie download on 2-3 devices at a time.


@bls1: As bsmith1 mentioned, I too have never had any issues viewing downloaded content with my wifi turned off or not available.


I have downloaded Game of Thrones Season 1, 2 & 3. I believe the option was Flixster which is what I use, but I was also able to download each season to iTunes as well. I download to Flixster first, and then iTunes, and had no issues getting them on both. :)


While I hated the idea of the cloud-based UltraViolet when it first came out, I have come to love the service. I have a mixture of devices ranging from phones to smart televisions to tablets, and UV is available on everything, although I still redeem the iTunes code when available.

Another reason I like UV now is the selection of HD titles. Some movies that are only on DVD are available in HD through UV (I use the VUDU service linked to my UV account). Some examples are the theatrical version of The Warriors, the unrated version of Jason Goes to Hell and at the time that I got it, Mallrats.