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Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Adam Gregorich, May 23, 2012.
I am sorry this got posted again, please discard.
I am sorry this got posted again, please discard this post.
I literally started my post by saying "I don't care if you like Ultraviolet." I don't know how much more clear I can be.
I can see now that it's not worth continuing a discussion. It's my fault for not recognizing that earlier.
You love UV. That's great. Continue to talk about how great UV is because you don't have to buy shelves anymore.
If you are going to post your opinions online, you need to be prepared for someone to disagree with you and give an opposing argument.
As I was just reading a lot of complaints about UV, I thought of another thing I love about UV. People complain about UV's DRM all the time. But the DRM on a blu-ray or DVD is a lot worse. On a DVD you are forced to watch several FBI warnings, that you cannot skip, and several previews for other movies, that you cannot skip. With UV, there is none of that. Big plus!!
Registration of titles needs to happen through one account. End of story.
The licensing terms need to be a lot clearer. This is huge. Do I truly own these titles, or is it some sort of lease that lasts... A year, three years, whenever they feel like?
The real impediment to me is pretty simple: UV doesn't work with iTunes. That fix, in a nutshell, would make it work a whole lot easier for me.
Beyond that, everything is just much too fragmented. It's confusing and there is too much effort required to remember what movies work where and at what quality level and which passwords and accounts you will need to remember. I say this as a hardcore movie and technology junkie, which means it is many levels too complicated for my wife to ever use.
I love the simplicity and elegance that Apple offers. I have an Apple TV in my living room and bedroom, and my digital copies are available there, as well as on my iPhone and iPad and through iTunes on my computer. Easy. If UV could be integrated with my iTunes account as it has been recently with Vudu, I would be fully on board in an instant. If not that, then they need a user experience which can at least attempt that level of consistency and ease of use.
The Flixster app available for iOS devices allows SD copies only and the app doesn't work with all studio content (such as Paramount). (EDIT: as Adam points out below, Paramount does at least offer an iTunes copy along with the UV copy.) And Flixster is so far not available on my TV through my Internet connected TV, Blu-ray players, PS3, XBox 360, Roku or Apple TV. I mean, nothing?
I think Vudu may be the best hope for UV, but it has a long way to go. I don't really care for their interface, but I can get over that I guess. But their iOS app is a joke. Also, I have a PS3 with a Vudu app in my living room, but I have noticed a few of the movies I have tried there (most recently Roman Holiday) have severe black crush that does not happen through any other source in my set up. I'm not sure if they encode some movies too dark, or if the app itself is set to render things very dark or what. Get a good app on way more devices, and get the rights to download HD copies to your devices, and maybe this could be a decent Apple substitute. Otherwise, who else is going to step up to make this mess work?
Overall: I would just like to see UltraViolet (or some partner) to offer a widely available app that can stream/download titles from all of the UV participating content partners, and that can redeem codes through one unified account.
Paramount up to this point has been supplying BOTH iTunes and UV codes, at least they have with all the titles I have purchased, so kudos to them. Universal has been doing it with most of their titles. I would ask that there be no debate about UV in this thread. It exists for the purpose of me noting what HTF members think is good and bad so I can pass it on. I'd rather not wade through a debate to get that data. If you want to discuss the pros and cons among yourselves, please feel free to use this thread or start a new one: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/320389/ultraviolet-keeps-moving-forward-have-you-used-it-yet
Sorry Adam, you are correct about Paramount offering both. I should have mentioned that. I meant it more as an illustration of how it is difficult to remember what rights you retain in which environments. I would like to see UltraViolet offer one app with one registration that is available on many devices and can stream your entire library.
I have 80 UV movies now, and I have many more DVD's that I would like to convert, but until some of my concerns are addressed I am very reluctant to add any more. Most of the movies I converted we're available in widescreen, but Forrest Gump was in P&S even though I paid $5 for HDX. I am quite upset. Some other movies were in widescreen but they were cropped to 16x9 instead of OAR. This needs to be fixed before I convert the rest of my collection.
I also am worried about buying a movie on Blu-ray with a UV Code. Sometimes they give you a SD copy. I want to be able to upgrade my SD copy to HD, even if there is a small fee of maybe $3. SD digital copy is not future proof. I also want to be able to exchange iTunes digital copy codes for UV ones.
You guys keep using the word buy. I don't think that word means what you think it means.
UV could be like the old DIVX. You could "buy" it. But after they folded, did anyone really own it?
No, i think it pretty well dried up, and took Circuit City with them. UV reminds me a lot of DIVX. Except i do own the Blu-ray even if DIVX, i mean UV, dries up.
Oh, and The Princess Bride is a great movie.
Cmon Tower you are jut trying to be hard headed here.
If you BUY something you enjoy the right of first sale and can resell it, destroy it, disassemble it, do with it as you see fit within the boundaries of the law and good taste.
Anything else is a limited license to use.
Bottom line is if you can't sell it without asking someone else's permission, you didn't buy it.
Sam I'm not sure what you're talking about either.
Can you be specific.
For Me if I give someone money and I take home I disc with a movie on it that means I buy it. Unless you mean something else.
Laws change and come and go over time and vary from country to country. What is constant are the files that sit on my server that I purchased or the physical media that sits on my shelf. I can play them whenever I want. That never changes or goes away in my household. In the history of home media or home video I dont recall any studio forcing themselves into someones home to remove their legally purchased media do you? Once you make the purchase its yours.
I do not purchase something with the notion that I will then be reselling it especially when it comes to media. If I dont like it and feel that I wouldnt want it in my collection I dont buy it in the first place.
So unless you just bought the last media server you'll ever own, and your equipment never ever breaks or gets upgraded, there is always the possibility that "the next big thing" will kill this for you.
And it's not even like the company behind that one was small potatoes. It was Microsoft
If Ultraviolet starts out popular enough, great. Just hope and pray that the money coming in for the studios is always more than the cost of maintaining the service, because the second it's not they'll dump it without a thought.
Yet there is always a work around...
From the article you posted:
I'm not saying UV is foolproof or futureproof (neither is Optical). The ownership and rental business will continue to coexist and that is a good thing for the consumer.
Also weather you are buying an electronic, car or other item the "next big thing" is always around the corner.
Except what you are advocating is actually, you know, against the law Tower.
Buying means something very specific that is VERY different from how you are acquiring music and movies via digital licensing schemes, including Apples Fair Play.
Bottom line: If you can't sell it again you didn't BUY it.
This is the RIAA's own words, not mine.
Think your UV downloads are free from DRM and just dandy good to go if UV goes belly up? Not so fast! The UV stuff DOES phone home to ask permission from time to time.
Just as Apple's fair play does.
You keep on pointing to workarounds how you think things might happen or could happen. Meanwhile back on USA, planet earth reality is a bit different.
Workarounds aren't only against the law, but they're also against Ultraviolet's own terms of service.
I really don't care to get into the moral or legal implications of ripping or re-coding your own stuff. It's 2012, and also we're all adults here. The only reason I brought it up was because you did. If the UV movies are yours no matter what forever and ever, why be willing to circumvent the rules in the first place? Those ideas seem like contradictions to me.
And if you HAVE to circumvent the rules to accomplish something, no matter how hypothetical it may be at this point - maybe this thing that you're arguing for isn't as sweet as you seem to want it to be. That's all I'm saying.