Yes, I have an HTC Incredble 2 and I was able to actually download the digital copy instead of streaming it. I have Verizon unlimited data package, but this is only because my family had data packages before Verizon started limiting data usage. It took quite a while for the movie to download, so I would recommend downloading in a place where you can switch to Wi-Fi. The major problem I am having now is that I cannot find the digital copy anywhere on my phone to transfer to my tablet... very frustrating as I bought and paid for the rights to actually USE the digital copy... should've bought it on itunes
Lauryn, Flixster has to be installed on your tablet and you have to be logged into your account to do a download to the tablet? Unfortunately, per Flixster, downloads are not currently supported on Android tablets.
BTW Flixster tracks downloads and streaming to all devices so that is probably the reason you can't locate the actual file. It may be a hidden file to prevent uncontrolled transfer of the movie between devices. It's not a true, standalone digital copy that allows you to transfer between devices at will.
I saw a post on Flixster from a user experiencing the same, exact issue you are having. http://getsatisfaction.com/flixster/topics/where_is_my_downloaded_digital_copy
I think some users are having an issue watching downloaded Flixster movies offline. I saw this post on Flixster;
"November 18, 2011 17:54 Downloaded Movie on Android Phone I downloaded a movie I purchased to my android phone. I know the FAQs say that to watch the movie you have to go through the Flixster App...tap Watch Now...and it will automatically use the downloaded copy offline. That being said...I turned off my internet connection (just so I was sure my data plan wasn't being eaten up), and when I tapped Watch Now, Flixster told me I couldn't watch my movie because I didn't have an internet connection. Why do I need an internet connection to watch a movie that is on my phone to begin with??? I absolutely HATE that I have to use a certain app (or piece of software on my desktop) to watch this movie. I'll be very careful what I buy from now on."
They should've called it "Flixster Digital Copy" -- not Ultraviolet Digital Copy. Ultraviolet isn't technically a digital copy, it's a system that will be ready next year that lets you transfer your movies between retailers so that you're not locked in to only one ecosystem. (So theoretically, if you download a bunch of movies on your PS3, but then decide to stream them off the Amazon website, Amazon will be authorized to play them too. Provided that you give Amazon permission to look into your Ultraviolet account, of course.) All that wouldn't be ready until sometime in 2012 at the earliest.
What Ultraviolet is hoping to do is actually a very good thing. Right now, every retailer locks you into their apps and devices, and once you collect a bunch of movies you're basically locked in and can't switch. That's really bad for a free market and is keeping the digital download of movies from taking off. Healthy competition is really important for both keeping prices low and innovation high. Most of the retailers have signed on to Ultraviolet, which will probably be ready in 2012 -- except Apple, which understandably has the market power to keep its consumers locked in without sparking a revolt. (I love my Apple products, but actually I wish they should open up their systems to let competitors sell content... MP3s didn't hurt sales of iPods. But right now Apple wants its 30% cut from the studios, so they won't want open competition.)
Warner screwed up in two ways -- by calling it "Ultraviolet Digital Copy" which confuses the issue of what Ultraviolet really is. And by launching way too early before any retailers were ready to support it. And so they've put their crappy Flixster system out there, called it Ultraviolet, and screwed the rest of the industry for now.
I completely agree with you about the consequences of Warner's decision, from a business perspective your point is very well taken. But it's a tough dilemma isn't it... they created the content and are legally and ethically entitled to do whatever they want with it. If you created a work of art (movie, painting, short story, whatever), people can't demand that they have the right to buy it from you at the time, place, and format of their choosing, or else they can just make illegal copies of it. You created the work, and it's yours to exploit (or bury in a deep tomb for nobody to enjoy) as you please.
SO while I agree with you on most points, ethically a copyright holder IS entitled to take the high ground against illegal copying.
Blu-ray is encoded with a universal standard. PAL or NTSC does not come into consideration unless the source material is of standard definition. Now, the digital copy may be suspect. I'm going to have to look into that.
I don't generally comment on this sort of discussion nonsense, but the whole bloody Ultraviolet hfiasco/SNAFU/frackup has got me feeling, well, positively bloody ultraviolent. I had my copy all ready to order and all, but canceled it because of the UV. I want a digital copy that I can download and take anywhere, even in the public toilets if I want to. The digital on disc is prefered, but even the on line that LOTR Extended and Jurassic Park have are OK if you have bandwidth to burn and cash to pay when you go over. I WILL NOT use this system, and will not support anyone who forces it on me. And I am sure it is not accessible to the disabled, which is flagrant violation of the ADA. They don't give a d@mn, so I don't give a dollar. When they care, I'll cash in. I also sold out on the Ultimate Editions of HP 3/6 because of the no extended issue, which is annoying in and of itself, but has been covered quite aptly in the relevant discussions. I bought the DVD 1/8 set for my sister, but I am waiting for a definitive big box set of Blu-Rays, HOPEFULLY with NO Ultravomit, excuse me ultravomitous, and tons of extra features. Until then, I'll borrow my sister's copy of HP7 P2 and rip it myself for my smart phone. Nice going people, let's show them how it's done. Maybe we should occupy WB now. Pepper spray anyone?
I just want a plain ole' dvd too, for my player, on a big TV, whilst on my couch! It's $13.99 now with the UV copy, not bad, but I'm thinking about waiting and see if they release a dvd-only for $9.99 or less. I haven't watched my DH pt. 1 yet, I thought I'd wait and see them back-to-back!
Just curious about all the people with mobile devices, where is it you go that you have 2+ hours with nothing to do so you can watch a movie? Besides a long plane, bus or car ride I mean? Not meant insultive, just curious! (Maybe a little dense.) When I'm away from my big-screen, I'm out... doing things!
For everyone looking just for the HP Deathly Hallows Pt 2 plain old DVD,. check out Best Buy where it's 6.99 on Black Friday. I have not checked Amazon yet but I imagine they'll be having a similar deal. I plan to get it because I'm still waiting for my HP Blu-Ray set from the UK ($31 discount over USA price on amazon.co.uk). I also don't want to pay for UltraViolet because there is no way I'm installing an application that most likely would install a back door into my PC.
for all new people to this forum... As we have been discussing earlier... if you contact flixster, they will give you a digital copy code for itunes... And sandawana56, amazon is having deals on movies... a movie I have been watching just went down to 9.99 and is originally 29.99 or somewhere around their...
I checked but did not see the stand-alone DVD for Deathly Hallows Part 2 on Amazon. Re iTunes, that option only works if you use iTunes and use Apple devices. I use a Zune, a PC and an Android phone. As an aside Amazon is now offering a PC compatible digital download for Deathly Hallows Part 2 for $14.99 but it does not appear to be compatible with smart phones.
Thanks sandawana56! I just checked the BB site and HPDH2 will be at $6.99 with free shipping Friday I'm hoping. It just says "coming soon" instead of "add to cart". If I order that it'll be my first and last shopping for the Xmas season!
What is the point of a digital copy if you can't watch it when you want. What if I don't have wi-fi or 3g on my iPad because I'm on, I dunno say a plane.... hello. Keep it simple. Allow us to put it on iTunes and then on our iPads. I'm so over all these companies trying to fight Apple. Hello Apple owns the tablet market, you'd think they'd want to satisfy the majority and give the consumer what they want. Too much control.
Yup, just snagged it for $7 bucks. The collection is complete. It was just after midnight central time (OK) that it went live, the info I looked up before said that the start time was not specific in regards to time zones. Thanks for suggesting BB, I don't have one in town and I forget to check their site!