Posted July 09 2012 - 04:01 AM
I'll chime in on this thread, since my situation has changed and this topic is one in which I now have a vested interest.
Until last week, the notion of "digital copies" of movies that I can view on any device had absolutely no appeal to me. My purchasing decisions were in no way swayed by the presence or omission of a digital copy, and I had no stake whatsoever in the "UV" vs. "Non-UV/iTunes" camp.
Then I walked into work last week to discover that everyone in our company was given a brand-new iPad (yeah, it's a cool company). This is the only apple product I own, and the only "portable" device on which I'd ever consider watching movies (I have an Android phone, but I simply see no reason to watch movies on a screen THAT small).
Naturally, I started going through my older Blu-Rays to see which had digital copies (and still had the activation code).
My first thought was "can I download directly to the iPad?" For that, I started by going to iTunes (natch) on the iPad and entered my first code.
Downloaded the first one with no trouble at all. Cool. Now the next one. Whoops - needs the physical disc in a computer in order to activate. OK, I move over to my PC, add the disc, download several more movies into iTunes on my PC, then connect the devices, a couple of drag and drops, done.
In about an hour's time, I had 6 movies - roughly 12 hours of entertainment - loaded on the iPad for what will likely only be watched during travel and power outages.
Then I paused and thought about this thread and all other UV-related discussions. iTunes had been so simple - why in the hell would I ever consider doing this any other way? I used an existing account - had to do nothing more than enter my password for each download and that was that.
Digital copies now have some degree of value to me, but from what I've read about the headaches surrounding UV and all the hoops one has to jump through to get their movies (coupled with the absolute DREAM that accessing the content via iTunes has been), I have determined that they are NOT valuable enough for me to even consider exploring UV as a means for getting my digital copies. If a movie I like is UV only, I think I can live without having a digital copy of it. I don't foresee getting a non-Apple tablet in the future and am perfectly happy living in the "walled" Apple community.
Just .02 from someone who only recently joined the 21st century.