• http://readingwolfbooks.blogspot.com Reading Wolf

    I can’t tell you how much I agree with this post. UltraViolet is the most useless POS I have ever seen. Here I have Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1 with it’s digital copy from iTunes….then I have HP DH Part 2….no iTunes copy…only UltraViolet.

    Oh not to mention my outdated iPod Touch and 4th gen Nano (Which both still work so why would I want to trade them in for some newer, uglier product Apple is throwing at me.) can’t make use of my UltraViolet digital copy because it has to go through a POS app. My Touch is too outdated to download the iOS 4.3 update that this app requires. Looks like I have a digital copy I can’t freakin’ use.

    I think that might be the whole point. They want us to have so much trouble and issues with the digital copies that we won’t make use of the copies. I say they really made a great way to protect against piracy….because that is what we have to turn to in order to view our movies the way we want. Argh Me Mateys

  • http://www.facebook.com/SayNoToUV UV Sucks

    I’ve said this to many other posts, so I’ll add it here as well. My main gripe with this all, is that the consumer is now being forced to use UV rather than being given the choice of which digital format to choose.

    To my mind, the likes of Sony and Warner should follow Universal – they give you (at least in the UK) a FULL bundle – for example, ParaNorman comes with the 3D Blu-Ray, 2D Blu-Ray, DVD, iTunes digital copy and UltraViolet.

    Whilst I really dislike UV, I do understand that some people like it – so just give us the choice – it can’t be that difficult surely!


  • Tinks

    As a hater of DRM because of how much of a pain it is for the completely legitimate consumer, I actually like Ultraviolet. You CAN download copies of your videos to watch offline. Ultraviolet syncs up with other services, meaning that you can pretty much watch your entire library on any device. Services like Cinema Now and Vudu are common to find on most devices. Ultraviolet links with them, meaning if you can use those, you can watch your movies. This gives a lot of options.

    While the whole thing isn’t perfect and seamless yet, its a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to get rid of DRM anytime soon. The movie industry would seemingly rather have no one watch their movies than give you half a chance to pirate it. If they’re going to insist on DRM though, they need to make it convenient for their paying customers, and I think they know that. I see Ultraviolet as a step in the right direction, and the more it is adopted as the universal standard, the more accessible your movies are going to be.

  • halo36

    I keep seeing “hating” on UV everywhere, but I don’t see anyone mentioning using it with / through Vudu. Admittedly I have not used it a ton, but the premise seems promising. I can have all of my physical media converted to digital copies compatible with UV. I can access all of my Vudu movies and rentals. I can watch any UV movie (regardless of studio). This all done through an interface that has an app for basically every platform (mobile devices, smart tvs, computers, PS3). I can understand the frustration with trying to marry many different studios or platforms, but if someone / some company has already done this for us, why is everyone complaining instead of using the readily available solution?

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  • Phred

    I toss the codes and the digital copies in the rubbish. I rip my own discs.

  • joe fiore

    Ultraviolet is far superior to Itunes or ‘ripping your own’.

  • Kurtster

    UV is a horrible user experience and a money grab by studios.

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