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How many of you have actually used Digital Copy?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I wonder how successful the Digital Copy feature

    is for the studios?


    Personally, I have never used it nor do I foresee
    circumstances where I would want to.


    Since I only buy Blu-ray titles these days, perhaps

    there will be the desire to watch one of them on my

    laptop during air travel. However, to date, I just

    haven't had the urge to even investigate what is
    involved in transferring and initiating a digital copy

    on a personal device. That should show how much

    interest I have in it. I'm also leery of the format because

    if you don't take advantage of it quickly the ability to

    view it expires. I would be more excited about the

    format if I had the ability to view it forever (even

    if I was limited to a certain # of viewings) rather than

    just short-term.


    Tack on the fact that most digital copy Blu-rays come

    with a DVD so I can always pop that into a laptop (though

    doing so does drain more battery power).


    ....not that I am condemning the format. In fact, it's

    not my intent to turn this into an anti-digital copy thread.

    I just have no personal use for it but I imagine perhaps

    others do and I can learn from that. The studios seem

    to be making a big deal about the inclusion of it in their

    releases and I am wondering how many HTF members

    actually use it and under what circumstances?
     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    I own over 850 BR titles and have never used the digital copy feature.







    Crawdaddy
     
  3. Stu Rosen

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    I've used digital copies to watch some movies on my iPad while traveling. Inglourious Basterds looked great in that format.
     
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    I love the digital copy. It's a great way to have a nice catalog of movies on my iPad (or laptop/netbook) for viewing while traveling. Much easier than dragging along a bunch of DVDs to play on a laptop. I never know what movie I'll be in the mood for.
     
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    the idea is interesting. however I feel that its more with the younger people that are probably interested. I collect a bunch of blu rays and have some on my phone. I never watched any of the movies, but did watch a short. I have mostly gave them away to family members of movies that I have. I prefer to watch it on the big screen tv.


    Jacob
     
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    I've never used one and have no interest in it. I understand how it appeals to someone that does alot of traveling though.
     
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    Amen.
     
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    I import every one to iTunes for potential use on family iPods/iPad when traveling.


    I rarely use them myself, (Family Guy "Star Wars" excepted!), but my wife and daughter do.


    Brian
     
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    Nope. I assume these make Blu-rays more expensive? I would be happy to lose these and get a cheaper Blu-ray.
     
  10. Steve_Pannell

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    I've tried them a few times but I really don't have much use for them.


    Something that I find ironic about them is that most of the DVD cases these days are the "green" cases yet they include the digital copy DVD that you can only use one time.
     
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    Never have and doubt I ever will.


    Keep in mind that I have no laptop, iPad, iPod or even a cell-phone. I'm not into portability.
     
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    I don’t use digital copies for the same reasons that I watch only crappy movies on long flights where a choice of movies is offered.



    When a good movie is offered on a flight I won’t watch it. After watching a good movie I may not want to see it again for years. I don’t want to reset the clock by watching a good movie with a relatively crappy presentation such as the low quality monitors on airplanes or even the better quality presentations on the various devices for playing digital copies. I’ll save the good movies for viewing on our front projection system with surround sound.



    Since I try not to buy crappy movies on Blu-ray I may never own a digital copy that I’d watch on a laptop. However, if I came across a digital copy of some movie like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, maybe I’d watch it.
     
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    I toss them, even before the movie goes on the shelf.


    I am OK with a DVD coming with my BD, however!
     
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    I like the idea of it, but like Ronald above, I dislike the expiration of such. I don't mind getting a combo pack that has the DVD version and digital copy on the same disc (despite not having used one yet), but am disappointed when I get a BR that has a digital copy on a DVD and uses not much more space than a CD's worth on it. I don't really see the point then. Give me the barebones DVD copy of the movie (like "Cop-Out" did), and I'll get much more use out of that (as noted in the non-BR adoption thread elsewhere...)
     
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    I have downloaded many, but not used them to be honest. Right now they are mostly taking up hard drive space, but I don't like the idea of them expiring on me before I've had a chance to choose for myself whether to keep them.
     
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    I have used the digital copy on both my iPod and my laptop when either myself or my wife (of both) have traveled by plane, or know we are going to be detained somewhere for a long period of time (laundromat or doctor's office, for example). What I do like is that some studios are not so stingy, allowing you to put the iTunes version on one PC and the Windows Media version on another (thank you, Universal!). As for the expiration date, in most cases that is the deadline to load it to a PC or Mac, but you can then transfer it anytime to a portable device. In many instances, if you write to the studio's customer service dept about an expired transfer code, they will usually tell you that the codes have already been extended. That was my experience when I recently purchased Nightmare Before Christmas, which came with an expired Digital Copy. Disney Customer Service explained that the codes had already been extended another 12 months, but if I had any problems to contact them again. Luckily, I did not need to.
     
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    Never have and undoubtedly never will. If I can avoid purchasing a product with a digital copy (or even DVD copy of main feature) I will, if I can't find a DC-free release nationally I may even import one if available (X-Men Quad set from UK for instance). Not given the option it is directly off-putting and usually stops me from purchasing a product.
     
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    I use them all the time and think it's a great added feature. I transfer all of them to my itunes and then to my laptop, ipod touch and soon my ipad.


    And please, those of you that don't use them, feel free to give me the codes.
     
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    I've used digital copies for FOTR, Bakshi's LOTR, and Wolverine. In all three cases I was disappointed by the lack of quality of even the desktop version. And of course, once wiped my hard drive, it was impossible to acquire the movies again, as my codes had expired. I just give DC discs away now.
     

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