questionswhat's your experience with ultraviolet digital…

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I'm with you. It's great that movie studios are finally wising up to the realities of the digital age, but unfortunately, they are still clinging to overly restrictive schemes.

For example, it was awesome that Best Buy gave away all those digital movies over the holidays through Cinema Now, but check out the list of "compatible portable devices" on Cinema Now's website: Archos 4, 5, 6, and 7 Series Portable Devices and the SamsungP2. Wow, I'm sure that's almost 20 people.

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@90mcg112: Yeah, I honestly don't know anyone with a tablet that isn't an iPad, HP TouchPad (hacked with CM7) or a Kindle Fire... But I realize that not everyone has an iDevice, but I'd have to venture a guess that the majority of people using digital copies are iDevice users. I feel like UltraViolet is a way for the studios to say, "We gave the consumer an option, they didn't use it and continued to pirate our content. So, we're taking it away and enacting stricter copy restrictions due to the people who wouldn't play by our (absurd) rules."

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My experience with Digital copies in general right now are not good. They lock them to one computer + 1 mobile device, so if we usually store on our tower but use the laptop to watch upstairs - nope. I haven't yet tried UV stream yet.

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I have an Asus Eee Pad. I was disappointed to discover how few sites had videos I could stream with it, I didn't realize that material had to be formatted for Android. But with all the free or nearly free games available during Christmas I loaded it up with a lot fo fun games and found an app that would let me watch .avis on it, so I am appeased. I've avoided buying anything with a digital copy as I have been a bit suspicious of how much of a pain in the derriere it would be after paying for lots of music from ITunes and then discovering that you don't really "buy" music from Apple like you buy it from Amazon or Walmart. You pay them to borrow it and when your devices start aging out you can't use it any more.

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Haven't tried it yet. I've used digital copies in the past and they're great for traveling, but I had to reformat my netbook and I wasn't able to put the movies back on because the codes had already been used. Weakness! You can't wait to redeem them either because they expire in a year or so...

Is there a way to either put a UV downloaded movie on more than one device or can you at least "transfer" it to a different device if you want/need to?

I think digital copies should be similar to Xbox Live gamer profiles; only works on 1 Xbox at any given time, but can be retrieved on any Xbox. That would allow you to only have 1 copy of the movie, but use it on the device of your choice. More flexible that way. You can't rely on streaming because you don't always have good Internet connection.

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@moondrake: That doesn't make any sense... I have purchased iTunes tracks that are nearly as old as the iTunes service itself that have been moved from computer to computer, and have been on multiple iPods. The key is to make sure you deauthorize your old computers so you don't use up all the licenses. I have moved two movie digital copies to a new computer, and they have been on my old iPod Touch and on my iPad 2 and they work just fine.

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Yuck. I've done the same "work-around" as you.

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Ya'll are just better at this than me. My "work around" was to take my business elsewhere. I did manage to convert some to MP3's then burn them to discs, which I could then copy to whatever devices I wanted. But it was labor intensive and I didn't do it for everything. At this point I have lost the songs as the devices they were on died. I'll stick with Amazon and other online vendors that actually sell me the songs in versatile MP3 format often cheaper than ITunes.

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@moondrake: Yeah, if the computer you're on dies, you might be SOL. I thought there was a way of recovering your purchases from iTunes if that happened... Luckily I haven't had that issue, everything has been backed up onto external drives since that became an affordable option. I do like Amazon's service a lot, they get a lot of my music business now since they have DRM free tracks which are easily available.

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Considering that the PC version of Crysis 2 was pirated almost 4 million times last year (a lot of other games were too), it is obvious why these companies make digital stuff so difficult.

It's just too bad that we all have to pay the price in the form of hassle and restriction.

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@wnyx585am: I don't buy the whole pirated copies = lost sales argument. Yes, there are SOME sales lost to piracy, but it's not a 1:1 pirated copy to lost sale ratio. I have the capability to create good digital copies for my own personal usage on my iPad of anything I buy, Blu-Ray or DVD, whether or not it's 100% legal, well, that's another question. It's unfortunate that I and others have to resort to legal grey areas to backup and use my content.

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@ganzhimself: I agree. I DL shows to see if I like them, if I do I buy them on DVD. Like seeing a movie in the theater and then buying the DVD. Lots of people who DL stuff would never have bought the item, so it isn't a lost sale. Some people who DL stuff later buy the item after "previewing". There are some sales lost to DLing, but not nearly so many as the industry claims.

The ads that liken DLing to stealing a car are weak. "Stealing" IP is a very different sort of thing than stealing a discrete object. It is still a form of theft, but the industry unsuccessfully compares it to shoplifting. I am reminded of a parable, where the owner of an inn sees a homeless man standing outside the door vigorously inhaling the aroma of the food cooking inside. The innkeeper insists that the homeless man is stealing, and that he should pay for enjoying the food. The homeless man holds up a bag of coins and jingles them loudly. "There, you've been paid." he replies.

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@ganzhimself I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. I saw the UV DC the other day and was curious as to what it was all about. That would have really aggravated me to have to jump through all the UV DC hoops you laid out. What a PIA, huh?

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@moondrake: Sheeple forget they don't "buy" that music, it's more like a rental with an open option.
Every so often you hear of a group that broke up, all four members have a lawyer and they all want their half, and suddenly some of your music is missing.
So, yeah- get it and burn it. Isn't there an app for making iTunes files into flacs? Or at least mp3s?

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I hate it! Every piece of my digital library is managed through iTunes. If I can't get the image into iTunes the thing does me no good. Every movie I have had to buy I have had to fight with the company to get me a digital copy that is compatible with iTunes. This is just stupid.

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FIRST WORLDP PROBLEMS: get a VHS player. ass.

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Totally frustrating. Why should it be so difficult to redeem my digital copy? I already bought the dvd. Sometimes I specifically buy the blu ray which is more expensive so I can also have the digital copy but more often than not I dont even bother to get the digital version, it's just too tedious

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Well i tried both itunes DC and UV DC. I prefer UV now because it can be used with more devices now that Vudu is involved. Once I linked my Vudu and UV locker i am now able to view movies on my PS3, android phone, and multiple computers as well as share with 5 family members.

If i used only itunes then i'm limited to only iDevices and only my viewing as opposed to sharing between family members.

Yes it is streaming but so is netflix, also you can download to your phone or PS3 and view offline. Regarding data caps, when you redeem via itunes it downloads as well so im not sure if thats a valid argument against UV.
One last benefit of UV is that some movies come in HD and not DVD quality, but this is a case by case scenario though but Vudu is trying to work it out and so is Flixster. Regarding HD, you can even get UV copies of blurays or dvds you already own through Walmarts Disc 2 Digital service which basically unlocks the UV version for you (not time consuming converting).

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The restrictions placed on Ultraviolet Digital Copies are definitely too strict. If someone buys a DVD and it comes with a Digital Copy, they should therefore be able to play it on any application on their own PC. They shouldn't just be able to Stream the video, most people already do this anyways for free online. Why not actually give the paying customer full access to the Digital Copy? The Digital age is such a mess...

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I have not yet been able to download to a compatible device. In my opinion ultraviolet is useless. I don't want to stream video. The point is to be able to watch movies/tv seasons on the go where you may not have internet access.

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@ pcrepairshop, so based on your response we should be able to play all those iTunes digital copies on all our android tablets and phones too. Good luck with that.

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@epidemiolo2: This functionality is still being worked on. Its called CFF and will allow you to download and play on compatible applications and devices..

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Half the time it doesn't work, Ultraviolet servers hose up the system.

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Its been over a year and I now use UV (DigitalHD) exclusively. I view movies through Vudu on my PS3 and my out of state family members add movies to the collection that I can view instantly. Never had a single issue. I love it.