UltraViolet is shutting down

I received an email this morning from UV. Details are here:

https://www.myuv.com/faq

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  1. <sarcasm>Well that's just great.</sarcasm>

    I'm a total non-streamer, discs only for me, but I think this is bad news. We have a growing situation where physical media is in decline, but we are also seeing streaming services beginning to fragment… too many new ones having exclusive content, the abrupt shuttering of others. Cable TV providers juggling content as they lurch towards irrelevance. It's all so very strange.

  2. I think in a fairly short span of time the fragmenting will settle and there will only be a handful of powerhouses that handle all the movie and TV catalogs which I will gladly welcome being that I ditched the disc.

  3. JQuintana

    I think in a fairly short span of time the fragmenting will settle and there will only be a handful of powerhouses that handle all the movie and TV catalogs which I will gladly welcome being that I ditched the disc.

    Sadly, I don't think it will be ALL content and people including yourself will be missing out on some amazing films and TV …. πŸ™

  4. B-ROLL

    Sadly, I don't think it will be ALL content and people including yourself will be missing out on some amazing films and TV …. πŸ™

    Very true. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu will continue to rotate films and shows monthly just like cable channels. The studios will never agree to all movies and tv being available for streaming they lose all control and future resale value that way. At best it will be 15-20% of all. I enjoy Netflix and look forward to Disney streaming but to say that streaming offers even 10% of the movies and TV shows that I want to watch would be a huge exaggeration.

  5. Per the e-mail from UltaViolet:

    Linking your UltraViolet Library to additional retailers can maximize your access to your Library and help avoid potential disruption.

    What retailers would those be? Vudu is the only one here in the US that is still accepting and processing UV codes.. FandangoNow no longer supports new UV redemptions. Verizon Fios no longer exists in most parts of the country.

  6. Todd Erwin

    Per the e-mail from UltaViolet:

    What retailers would those be? Vudu is the only one here in the US that is still accepting and processing UV codes.. FandangoNow no longer supports new UV redemptions. Verizon Fios no longer exists in most parts of the country.

    It appears that always has a definitive time frame "when they say so …" πŸ™

  7. B-ROLL

    It appears that always has a definitive time frame "when they say so …" πŸ™

    BobO’Link

    Join Movies Anywhere and link your VUDU account and any others they support. Those redemptions will then be on all of the linked services. Going forward redeem your UV codes at Movies Anywhere.

    JQuintana

    All I use now is MA

    I guess no one gets my point – Vudu is the ONLY retailer that still fully supports UV.

    Oh, and you can't redeem UV codes from Paramount of Lionsgate on MA.

  8. Sooner or later we will have a scenario where like the Communications Industry, there are 3 or 4 major streaming Companies. Netflix, Disney Amazon will probably be the Big 3. I suspect Hulu may get squeezed out since it is a partnership between the Large Media companies ..Warner, ABC, Fox etc.. sooner or later, they will all start asking themselves why they are partnered up and thats usually when the end starts

  9. JQuintana

    I think in a fairly short span of time the fragmenting will settle and there will only be a handful of powerhouses that handle all the movie and TV catalogs which I will gladly welcome being that I ditched the disc.

    Nope. It’s only going to get worse.

  10. John*Wells

    Sooner or later we will have a scenario where like the Communications Industry, there are 3 or 4 major streaming Companies. Netflix, Disney Amazon will probably be the Big 3. I suspect Hulu may get squeezed out since it is a partnership between the Large Media companies ..Warner, ABC, Fox etc.. sooner or later, they will all start asking themselves why they are partnered up and thats usually when the end starts

    What will likely happen is the smaller ones will merge and the big ones will offer more add ons and eventually required package levels exactly like cable and their prices will continue to increase until they become the new cable as far price.

  11. Randy Korstick

    What will likely happen is the smaller ones will merge and the big ones will offer more add ons and eventually required package levels exactly like cable and their prices will continue to increase until they become the new cable as far price.

    In which case, we should hope that ISPs dont decide to charge based on using Streaming.. since Net Neutrality no longer exists in the US .. So far I haven't seen that but I'm sure at some point it will come

  12. John*Wells

    In which case, we should hope that ISPs dont decide to charge based on using Streaming.. since Net Neutrality no longer exists in the US .. So far I haven't seen that but I'm sure at some point it will come

    That would be shooting themselves in the foot so very doubtful. They never did it before we had net neutrality.

  13. I think it's coming. I'm not sure if there's a particular plan yet, and I think it's likely that the ISPs will try to do it slowly and in small increments so that most people won't notice right away, but I think we'll see some version of tiered pricing depending on what kind of services or access or data you want to use. For some European countries that didn't have a version of net neutrality, they already have this kind of pricing – when you sign up for an ISP, the ISP has different levels of service and it's illustrated which streaming providers can be accessed at each tier of service from the ISP.

    Before net neutrality did exist in the U.S., Netflix was on record as having paid extra to ISPs in order to guarantee that Netflix video content always played well, which is why some people (myself included) had experiences at the beginning of the decade where Netflix would always play instantly without any buffering, but other services like Hulu had frequent buffering issues with rampant quality drops throughout.

    Right now, I think the bigger question might be – will Netflix (and similar services) go back to paying ISPs directly for better service so that they can provide a good experience to their customers (and advertise that their services always work, hassle free), or will these costs be passed on directly to the consumer? I can imagine a scenario where a company like Netflix will pay more so that their customers have a seamless experience, while lesser services may not be willing to do so or financially able to. And if that's how it plays out, that'll probably take down a few services. If I have to pay extra to make Amazon Prime stream properly, but Netflix streams properly without any extra effort from me, I'd probably cancel Amazon and keep Netflix. (Just an example.)

  14. Apparently, if you have FandangoNow and Hulu linked to UV, your library (regardless of where you bought/redeemed your movies) will show up in both after UV shuts down. That's important, because…

    When I recently decided to go digital and start shrinking my disc collection, I assumed that the retailers were all streaming the best print provided by the studio. Oddly, that's not the case. Each retailer has its own print, which can vary in aspect ratio, picture quality and audio quality. For that reason, I try to buy films on Movies Anywhere, since I know I'll need to sample each participating retailer's print to determine which one is best. And you can stream from MA's own site, which often has the superior print.

    On occasion, if I have no other option, I will buy non-MA movies on Prime Video.

    It shouldn't be this challenging for the consumer.

  15. So what does this mean for me? I've never really understood the UV VU VUDU UVVU alphabet soup.

    I have Movies Anywhere linked to all my accounts. Do I need to do anything? Am I going to lose movies? UV is linked to VUDU and Fandango.

  16. DaveF

    So what does this mean for me? I've never really understood the UV VU VUDU UVVU alphabet soup.

    I have Movies Anywhere linked to all my accounts. Do I need to do anything? Am I going to lose movies?

    Nope, as long as you have everything linked to MA, you're good to go.

  17. Robert Crawford

    Nope, as long as you have everything linked to MA, you're good to go.

    The linking to MA doesn't help if the movie is UV only, unless I'm missing something. But as I mentioned above, as long as you have FandangoNow and Vudu linked to UV, you'll be able to access your UV-only movies through one of them.

  18. Robert Crawford

    I have my UV account linked to Vudu.

    You'll want to link FandangoNow to UV in order to have that as a choice once UV shuts down. FandangoNow sometimes has much better prints of UV films than Vudu.

  19. demy

    The linking to MA doesn't help if the movie is UV only, unless I'm missing something. But as I mentioned above, as long as you have FandangoNow and Hulu linked to UV, you'll be able to access your UV-only movies through one of them.

    I wasn't aware that Hulu participated in UV or MA.

  20. I've never redeemed a digital copy code. The codes are still with each disc. Is there one central registry where I can log my codes (those that are still effective)? I use Amazon Prime and have a VUDU app on my LG TV; I've not yet created a VUDU account. My iTunes account is only for music I've burned from my own CDs. I don't have Apple TV or Roku or Firestick and would prefer not to get them.

  21. I should have all my ultraviolet codes registered with Vudu already so hopefully there will not be any issues after Ultraviolet goes away! Only have two streaming services that I hardly ever use but the only reason I have it is to have a digital backup for some of my library.

  22. Ultraviolet as a concept had a lot more utility for me, since it also worked for TV content.

    But Disney's so much larger than the other studios these days that its refusal to participate essentially doomed it. It also never had the retailer support that Movies Anywhere enjoys.

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