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Press Release Announcing the launch of MOVIES ANYWHERE

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Ronald Epstein, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Tino

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    Dilemma

    Only The Brave is available on iTunes in 4K/HDR for $17.99. It will also port to Vudu in UHD.

    Blu Ray is $19.99 with HD digital code.

    Wouldn’t have this problem if it were released in 4K on disc.

    I’ve always bought the physical discs
    previously but want to see this in 4K.

    Decisions
    Decisions.
     
  2. Josh Steinberg

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    I know this may not be a popular answer... but with net neutrality now a thing of the past, it's entirely possible that at any day, the internet service providers are going to decide, "If you want to use iTunes or Vudu, that's an extra $20 a month". (This is how it works in some European countries which don't have net neutrality.) So I'm not necessarily keen on having my only copy of a title being tied to needing online access. Having the digital copy along with the disc is one thing, but I'd be especially wary on depending on the internet for content long term given that I think we're likely to be charged a lot more starting soon.

    (Netflix in the past has paid ISPs directly for better access, so I wouldn't be surprised to see them picking up the cost, but I'm not necessarily expecting iTunes or Vudu to do the same. And the question is... if having iTunes or Vudu access ends up costing you an extra $10 or $20 a month, will you still use those services?)
     
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    I don't expect that result, at least, not for a good while.
     
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    I don't think Net Neutrality will have anything to do with streaming prices going up if anything it was restricting growth. The pricing increase is inevitable. As Streaming continues to gain subscribers cutting the chord and more and more studios are starting their own streaming service streaming will eventually become the new cable/satellite TV. Probably still 5-10 years out but as it slowly happens the low streaming prices we see from services like Netflix and Hulu will gradually go up and eventually they will start packaging services together like cable does and eventually the pricing for streaming will be the same as cable when they officially put cable out of business. The low pricing for streaming we see now is similar to the very early days of cable. But once they take over and they have the monopoly the pricing will go way up just as it did with cable.
     
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    Just noticed Hell Or Highwater upgraded to 4K on iTunes. :thumbsup:
     
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    I gave VUDU some hell yesterday because six of the films I own on VUDU which I redeemed from UHD digital codes are now available in UHD. but we’re only available in HDX when I redeemed them.

    My argument is that since the codes I redeemed were from UHD discs I purchased, those films should be upgraded to UHD.

    They disagreed and the issue has now been escalated. Well see but I doubt it will work out in my favor.

    More and more I find myself using iTunes more and VUDU less.
     
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    Been there, done that. After chasing my tail for several hours, I ultimately gave up. Vudu will refer you to the studio, the studio will refer you to UV or MA, possibly even back to Vudu. UV and MA will refer you back to both the studio and Vudu. That has been my experience.

    One thing I have noticed recently when redeeming codes on MA's website - once the code is redeemed, it will tell you what the maximum resolution rights are for the code you redeemed. Although I rarely redeem on MA (mostly Disney), I will take a screenshot of that redemption notice telling me what my format rights are, so that I can use that as evidence back to the retailer that they owe me the UHD version.
     
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