Variety article: More Than Two Thirds of Consumers Have Never Bought a Digital Video

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  1. Jonathan Perregaux

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    I have never used a digital copy of any kind. These are coasters to me.
     
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    I just don't trust just buying a title only in digital at this time. Who knows if the bottom will fall out and we can not access our
    library titles. I prefer to buy a BluRay with the Digital UV code. Redeeming codes is not always easy, and
    probably makes some of us not fully trust that UV will still be accessible for us over the years. Especially after Cineplex went separate and not with UV . I'm in no hurry to buy any Disney titles now. Also we might find as more people get on board with UV , that they will start to charge us a monthly fee to be able to watch our library . So I am treading cautiously. I want both the physical copy and the digital.

    I watch for blu ray sales and look for movies with the words
    Ultraviolet HD UV or
    Digital HD

    I avoid the the ones that only say Digital Copy as I find they are only itunes. ( I could be wrong on that )

    I am not sure what the difference between the labeling on Blurays between Digital HD and Ultraviolet HD UV ?
    Very new movies seem to state Digital HD on the front in tiny print if they offer it . Although I have seen new
    movies with only Digital Copy.

    I am considering using the service to convert Disc to Digital . However I have not heard of anyone I know
    trying this so I did not know if doing this then made your DVD or Bluray non functional.
     
  3. A few tips. Since you are already buying blurays including a digital copies you might as well redeem them, you never know what tomorrow brings and that doesn't cost anything. Most of the studios except Disney belong to UV. Regardless what the slip says take the code straight to Vudu to redeem. If you don't have a good way to access Vudu, pick up a Roku. Vudu offers disc to digital also, millions have converted a discs, myself included. The language on the disc can vary but, if it's a major studio not named Disney it will be a UV code.
     
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    Cranston37

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    He's in Canada so Vudu isn't an option. Are there any other D2D services in Canada?

    Also, remember that Vudu isn't a good option when redeeming UHD titles. Flixster is usually the safe bet there...
     
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    With respect to that suggestion, I would recommend reading the fine print on the coupon before automatically doing so. The reason I mention this is that many of the new UHD 4K titles come with digital copy coupons that will redeem in UHD - but only if you redeem them directly at whichever website the coupon sends you to. If you try to redeem one of those coupons directly on Vudu, it will redeem as HDX only (and not UHD), and the UHD portion of your coupon which was included in your purchase price for the disc is simply gone forever.
     
  6. ^^^^^^^ Yep, didn't catch the Canada till later. You are also right on the UHD thing. UHD hasn't effected me since they made me choose between UHD and 3D, I chose 3D. Those are the only discs I purchase anymore. Everything else gets purchased directly from Vudu.
     
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    The Roku I have is a canadian version. ( Premier Plus 4630CA ) Vudu is not available on it.
    We have access to CinemaNow in Canada, however their disc to digital is only for DVD, they do
    not offer Bluray to digital at this time. We also have Cineplex which seems just for Disney now.

    When you use the disc to digital service, does it make your DVD or Bluray non functional ?
     
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    Cranston37

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    Nope! Not sure how a computer could even do that...
     
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    I decided to go and try the Cinemanow disc to digital and now I can not find it . Does anyone know about this service and if it is still available?
     
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    I thought that service was discontinued a while back -- not that I ever found it redeemed my discs anyway
     
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    Ok it is different than Vudu online disc to digital. Cinemanow uses a download program you install on your computer .
     
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    So does Vudu. You have to download a program called Vudu To Go...
     
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    I redeem all digital copies with Blu-Ray purchase. This makes the title available to me "in the cloud" if I am on the road or something. I, at first, did not do this since I thought it was to download the movie in digital form only.... I did not know it enabled me to access it anywhere with wi-fi. So I did lose out on titles that expired before I was aware of the benefits of having digital access. But as to solely purchasing digital? No.
     
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    I entered a lot of codes that were supposed to be expired and they all worked ! Did you try the expired ones ?

    So far I have had a problem with the code for Erin Brockovich. It simply won't work for an ultraviolet code, except the outside states
    clearly you get this PLUS itunes. Not just one or the other. I spent the last week complaining to universal who states there
    is no ultraviolet for that movie. !@#&!! Well geesh guys then don't say it on front , back and the insert that is what you get .

    I tried with a VPN for USA and with VUDU it said the code was invalid. Another site said it was only for itunes,
    and myuv.com said the code was invalid. I've given up on it and now do not trust Universal studios to give what they
    say they are giving.

    Some movies on the front say DIGITAL HD and others say Ultraviolet HD
    Is there a difference ?

    Once they are in myuv.com , can I watch from any country ? Or only some of them ?
     
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    Some studios use them interchangably - I think the easiest way to keep it straight is that "DIGITAL HD" refers to digital codes in general, and "ULTRAVIOLET HD" refers to a specific format. In other words - all ULTRAVIOLET HD codes are a form of DIGITAL HD, but not all DIGITAL HD codes are ULTRAVIOLET.
     
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    Yeah, they usually don't actually expire. Not sure why they even put those dates on there.
     
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    Probably just to cover themselves. Afterall, who knows how long that exact web address will look like that, or how long they'll be using the same code redemption system? Most codes have expiration dates two years after the street date - by publishing that date, that gives consumers confidence that it'll be working at least that long, and also frees the studio from a maybe unrealistic expectation of having the same website info that never ever changes.
     
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    I have bought thousands of discs and never used a download code.
     
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    I'm in the same camp. I've never used a download code from any of my disc purchases.
     
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    The only one I downloaded was the new Star Trek so I could listen to the commentary which was only available that way. Having the disc I see no reason to ever want to sit at a desk and see the movie on my computer or on a 4" phone screen.
     

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