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1.0 out of 5 stars STAY AWAY FROM ULTRAVIOLET!!!, October 29, 2011
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This review is from: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Ultraviolet is another feeble, doomed attempt by some dinosaur brain Hollywood execs to restrict the use of your legally bought digital purchase. Ultraviolet is NOT a digital copy that resides on a device of your choice to be used on a device of your choice. It is a streaming service, for which you have to sign up and maintain an account, at the expense of your bandwidth, compatible with some but not all mobile devices. If you're willing to wait another 4 weeks, order this disc set from Amazon's UK website you can do this with your current US account). Not only are you getting a REAL digital copy, but the Blu-ray disc is region free too!! Price + shipping is the same as the price in USD with free shipping.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2011 11:57:54 AM PDT
W. J. Thomas says:
I've never heard of Unltraviolet so thank you for bringing this point up. I buy these ditigal copies for my I-pad and havent had problelms but I do NOT want to have to pay some fee for the access. Thank you!

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 3:30:34 PM PDT
Kay One says:
You posted your Ultraviolet review in the Harry Potter 8 bluray entry. FYI

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 5:53:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2011 5:53:38 AM PDT
David says:
Kay One, half of the product is the UltraViolet Digital Copy. Suppose I wrote a book titled "Learn HTML and CSS" but then (1) allowed only 70% of readers to access the parts on CSS and (2) only allowed that 70% to access it on my website, then my book should be ravaged by horrible reviews of users who cannot access half the product they paid for or by users who want to access the material even when they don't have a wifi connection, e.g. on a flight.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 7:12:16 AM PDT
G. Strong says:
What about people who never use the digital copy versions of the movies they buy, like myself? I know it kind of sucks having it forced into a lot of new releases but that's just the way it is today. It's nearly unavoidable. Should I skip this release based on principal alone? I don't think so in this case. I think the better course of action is to simply not use the UltraViolet-laden digital copy rather than depriving oneself of a wanted movie. They base their uptake on the amount of people who use the service, not on the amount of unit sales of the disc. If next to no one is using the service that sends a pretty clear message.

To clear something up: The UltraViolet system is not a storage platform for media which is then streamed. It's a "digital-rights locker" as it's put; a central hub that stores all one's digital licenses. The DRM'd media is still obtained the traditional ways, whether that be through streaming from an UlltraViolet-compatible service or actually downloading/copying to a device from said service or off physical media. Go read the Wiki entry for UltraViolet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 7:33:42 AM PDT
David says:
If you are happy with the product as it is being sold, go ahead and buy it. But the reviews like this one are very useful to informing consumers like myself who would make use of a digital copy that need not be tied to an internet connection. This digital copy is useless to me, so I found this review helpful.

BTW, from the top of the product page: "UltraViolet digital copy can stream to computers, tablets, or smartphones through Flixster. UltraViolet is not compatible with all devices." It sounds like the wiki you are reading is incorrect for this particular product.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 8:10:59 AM PDT
G. Strong says:
The wiki is not incorrect. I was correcting his blanket statement that UltraViolet is a streaming service. It is not. It's a digital-rights dump for content licenses. The digital copy for this particular product is limited to just streaming through Flixster at this point in time (the license for it is stored on the UltraViolet system). UltraViolet DRM in of itself is not limited to streaming-only applications, although that may be the only delivery method content owners are using thus far with this new DRM.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 12:17:57 PM PST
Roy Stogner says:
If you want to put movies on your iPad, but don't want to be caught up in annoying movie studio games, you should be aware that every single DVD in existence includes a perfect digital copy, called "the DVD". Put it in your computer, run Handbrake or another free ripping/reencoding program of your choice, make sure the settings are compatible with your player (current HandBrake versions include an iPad preset to make this easy), and press Start. Studios just like to pretend this option doesn't exist because they don't trust people to only use it for purchased DVDs and not borrowed or rented ones.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 12:33:44 PM PST
D. Trapp says:
For instances like this, it is still possible to get a digital copy of your movie. Look for answers on youtube to use the DVD of the movie to make a digital copy.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 1:21:26 PM PST
J. Duggins says:
I went to UltraViolet's website and it says you can stream, download or even burn a copy of the movie. From the website FAQ section:
Can I make backup copies of UltraViolet movies?
Yes! With UltraViolet, because you can stream and download additional copies, it's like having an online, cloud-based back-up that is built in to each movie or TV show in your collection.
Can I make an extra physical / disc copy?
In many cases your UltraViolet rights allow for a physical copy to be made along with your digital purchase. For more details on your UltraViolet Rights, click here.
Do I need to purchase special equipment to use UltraViolet?
No! You don't need any special equipment or additional technology to enjoy your UltraViolet Library. However, devices will be marketed that are optimized to work with UltraViolet right out of the box, and you may be interested in making such a feature one of your "checklist" items when buying new devices.

I don't see the problem with this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011 5:38:20 AM PST
Ed D says:
Can't help but notice that it says "in many cases". Since this movie doesn't mention it, it should be assumed that this is not one of those cases. I suspect that the "many cases" are all old movies no one would care to worry about.
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