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Five of the "Big Six" major film studios and "mini-major" Lionsgate were members of DECE, and released their content with UltraViolet rights. Other minor film and television studios released their programming and movies with UltraViolet rights, but were not DECE members.
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Despite Fox merging with Disney in 2019, Walt Disney Studios was never a member of DECE, and did not release any of their films with UltraViolet rights. On February 25, 2014, Disney launched a competing digital movie locker system called Disney Movies Anywhere that allowed any Disney movie purchased or redeemed at any participating provider to be played using all other DMA providers. DMA providers included iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Video, and Microsoft Movies & TV. On October 12, 2017, Disney Movies Anywhere was expanded to include movies from a number of non-Disney studios, thus forming a full-fledged UltraViolet competitor. This service is now called Movies Anywhere to reflect the expanded scope of content.
Some Ultraviolet streaming providers offered the capability to download movies and TV shows. They had their own proprietary video formats, and they were not cross-platform. They had to be downloaded and played within their own proprietary PC, Mac, iOS, or Android apps.
The Ultraviolet Common File Format (CFF) was planned, but never launched, by DECE to allow downloaded video files to be copied between devices, stored on physical media (e.g. DVDs, SD cards, flash memory) or online backup services. They were designed to be playable on any UltraViolet authorized device (e.g. Blu-ray, streaming media player, Smart TV', or mobile device) or software player registered to the household Ultraviolet library.
In May, Vudu introduced a new feature that allowed UltraViolet users to share their movies with up to five friends. Also in May, Flixster became the first UV retailer to support Apple Airplay.
In April, it was noticed that movies from Relativity Media that were distributed by 20th Century Fox, were no longer UV enabled. If you had purchased/redeemed the movie prior to the removal of UV rights, the movie remained in your UV locker.
On January 30, Variety reported that DECE would shut down UltraViolet on July 31, 2019, with DECE officially confirming the news the next day. Users that had at least one major retailer, like Vudu, connected to their UV account would be able to maintain streaming rights to movies and TV shows redeemed via the platform through those retailers.
(AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); ); People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participating movie studios will be able to permanently access them on Wal-Mart's Vudu online streaming service by paying $2 per movie. The offer applies regardless of where customers bought the discs, but they must bring them to a store in person. The right to access a high-definition version of a DVD will cost $5; Blu-ray conversions will already be in high definition.
The move announced Tuesday is meant to give consumers confidence that the discs they buy today won't be obsolete in a few years. It's also designed to familiarize people who have relied on disc sales with buying and collecting movies digitally.
In October, Warner Bros. was the first studio to launch a new system for online movie storage and playback called UltraViolet. The system is meant to allow consumers to watch movies they have bought on DVD or Blu-ray on multiple devices including tablet computers and smartphones, which have no slots for discs. Wal-Mart's Vudu now joins the UltraViolet platform.
"The early adopter, or digerati if you will, are probably pretty good at being able to convert" movies to digital formats, Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video, said in an interview. "I think there are a lot of people who aren't so technologically savvy who probably need help. That's the need Wal-Mart addresses."
Employees are being trained to help customers sign up for an account with both Vudu and UltraViolet, both of which are needed to make the system work fully. People will have their discs stamped to prevent multiple people from using the same disc for online access.
Wal-Mart will become the first independent retailer to actively participate in the UltraViolet system, which had relied until now on studio-owned websites and online service Flixster, which is owned by Warner Bros. That will make it more accessible to millions of people and could entice other retailers to participate.
Consumers have often gone to Wal-Mart looking for deals on DVDs and end up buying other things such as groceries or clothing. The retailer hopes the conversion service creates the same foot traffic while keeping up with the new ways people want to watch movies.
For now, movies saved to UltraViolet aren't compatible with iCloud, the online storage service run by Apple Inc. Nor is it compatible with movie purchases made at Amazon.com Inc., which allows all purchased movies to be played back online.
And in a first for UltraViolet, people will now be able to watch their digitally stored movies on their regular TV, as long as it is connected to the Internet or hooked up to either a PlayStation 3 or Xbox, and has access to the Vudu application. That's about 50 million homes today.
The companies involved in Ultraviolet have much to gain if it takes off: consumers will in theory buy more movies, much to the delight of retailers, device makers and the studios. Ultraviolet is a simple enough concept: the studios are convinced consumers will begin buying films in digital formats in large numbers if they are able to stream them remotely from cloud-based servers. They argue that cloud-based streaming is more appealing than downloading and storing titles on a hard disc, because video files take up lots of space.
But consumer behaviour has changed radically in the five years since DVD sales reached their peak, making it difficult to predict demand for a cloud-based rights locker. After all, consumers hardly lack choice when it comes to streaming movies or online TV programming.
Netflix, the US-based DVD and online movie streaming service, for instance offers an unlimited mix of older movies and newer titles to rent by streaming online for a fixed monthly price: in the last five years the company has grown from a niche operator to the dominant player, with more than 25m subscribers. Most of its customers are in the US but the company recently unveiled plans to launch in 43 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Availability in Europe is due to follow.
Speaking to Variety, VP of Vudu Scott Blanksteen said that customers would not lose their movie collections. They will be "able to enjoy Vudu content as they have been and continue to access any and all movies and TV shows they have saved in their Vudu library, even after the shutdown of the Ultraviolet service." Since Vudu is the biggest retailer associated with Ultraviolet, this will be reassuring news.
Adam Smith is the Contributing Editor for PCMag UK, and has written about technology for a number of publications including What Hi-Fi?, Stuff, WhatCulture, and MacFormat, reviewing smartphones, speakers, projectors, and all manner of weird tech. Always online, occasionally cromulent, you can follow him on Twitter @adamndsmith.
Several major Hollywood movie studios have signed up to a new digital film service led by Walt Disney Co. that lets consumers buy movies and store them in a digital locker to access on their devices, people familiar with the matter said.
Disney has been courting studios to join its Movies Anywhere service since last year, Bloomberg News reported at the time. Customers can buy, watch and store their online film purchases at a single site through the product. Major studios such as 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures are among those joining the service, the people said. The plan could be announced as soon as this week, they said.
Bear in mind that NowTV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and plenty of other subscription based services offer free trials too, so if you time it right you can get a month or two of movies for free while you decide how you want to proceed.
Apple's in advanced negotiations with the movie studios to offer movies through its iCloud service and UltraViolet, from a consortium of media and tech companies, rolls out its first cloud-enabled DVDs this week. And Hollywood's hoping that these new options will grow digital movie sales to compensate for DVDs' decline.
Right now Apple is in the final stages of negotiations with Hollywood studios to add movies to its iCloud service, which rolls out this week. Apple won't comment, but sources tell me the talks, which have been ongoing for some time, are quite advanced.
Meanwhile a rival cloud movie service, UltraViolet, launches this week with Warner Brothers' DVD releases of "Horrible Bosses" and "Green Lantern." Here's how it works: buy the DVD or Blu-Ray discs for those movies, and input a code on the DVD into the UltraViolet website. That creates a 'digital locker' that you can access through the Internet from anywhere, from your Smartphone or iPad to your Internet-connected TV (most new ones are these days).
But despite the fact that Apple isn't playing ball and is working on its own alternative, users will still be able to access their UltraViolet library on Apple devices through an app, Flixter, which is owned by Warner Brothers and is easily loaded from the iTunes App store. The fact that both UltraViolet and iTunes will eventually offer the same cloud access to movies will make for interesting competition.
Ultraviolet is a cloud-based digital locker that allows you to own (though many argue digital ownership isn't true ownership, but that's for another article) and manage a library of movie and TV titles that were either redeemed via codes included with a physical media purchase or purchased online. 041b061a72