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I've only rented movies before on VUDU but since they now support Chromecast and had the best price on season 3 of "Continuum" got the series there. So far all I've seen is the free 1 minute promo. Amazon already has episode 1 up. Is VUDU slower at getting episodes up? I contacted support.
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It was available last night. No response back from support. However the progress dialog just sat there using Chromecast for the first episode even though the 1 minute promo played okay. So I watched it using my BD player. Their app needs more work.
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Which Vudu hardware player allows one to download an HDX movie before watching? Our alleged 15mbps internet connection typically falls to below 3mbps a few times each hour. So I need to download rentals before playing.

Is the BX100 the box to get, or is there something better?


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The VUDU player on Playstation 3 (and presumably PS4) allows you to download video for playback and apparently a couple of funky LG BDPs with built-in HDDs can do it as well (the discontinued BD690 and BD390). You can download VUDU to PCs, but only things that you own and there's no available 5.1 sound. I'm not sure whether you can download rentals to PS3 or not; I know that you can download owned titles to it.
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The VUDU player on Playstation 3 (and presumably PS4) allows you to download video for playback and apparently a couple of funky LG BDPs with built-in HDDs can do it as well (the discontinued BD690 and BD390). You can download VUDU to PCs, but only things that you own and there's no available 5.1 sound. I'm not sure whether you can download rentals to PS3 or not; I know that you can download owned titles to it.

That's interesting. Our PS3 gets no love these days. If one can download a rented title, that would be a big win!

With the BX100 selling for $30 these days, if that still works, that would be a fall back plan. Does it?


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That's interesting. Our PS3 gets no love these days. If one can download a rented title, that would be a big win!

Try renting the 99 cent title of the day and downloading it (some day when its a little appealing; today it's The Butler rolleyes.gif).
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With the BX100 selling for $30 these days, if that still works, that would be a fall back plan. Does it?

I have no idea how well supported the old VUDU boxes are these days; I've never used one.

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Which Vudu hardware player allows one to download an HDX movie before watching? Our alleged 15mbps internet connection typically falls to below 3mbps a few times each hour. So I need to download rentals before playing.

Is the BX100 the box to get, or is there something better?
I have the same problem with 6Mbps Frontier DSL EVER night it slows down to 1+/- Mbps, I contacted Vudu support about being able to down load rented movies and was told you can not, can only download owned content.
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It appears I was able to download a rented movie to a PS3. When I pull up the movie, it asks if I want to delete it. But I haven't had time to watch it yet to test that it's really there. I'll report back.


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Anyone used the Forums inside of Vudu (https://forum.vudu.com/)? I tried posting a question 2X and tried to respond to a post and nothing ever shows up.

The question was about getting a different movie via UV than the BRD I bought: I purchased a Stallone 3-Film Collector's Set (Rambo First Blood, Cop Land, & Lock Up) at Walmart. The package had 2 stickers on it, a UV sticker that said " See packaging for details" (did not list the movie) and a second on that said "Stallone Collection with digital download available for Rambo". Inside the package there was a slip titled "Vudu HD Movies" it did not mention UV anywhere on it, the instructions where:
  1. Visit www.vudu.com/digitalcopy
  2. Enter the promo code below
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions
  4. Your digital copy of Rambo First Blood will be placed in your "my Movies" collection for you to enjoy anytime on VUDU!

The must redeem by date was listed as 3/10/15

When I entered the promo code and followed the instructions I got a copy of Rambo IV (2008) added to My Movies and it was an UV copy (which I verified is in my UV collection and available through other UV services).

My question is: does this seem correct? I really don't mind as I keep my BRD but it seems funny to get a different movie than one of the ones I purchased.
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Anyone used the Forums inside of Vudu (https://forum.vudu.com/)? I tried posting a question 2X and tried to respond to a post and nothing ever shows up.

The question was about getting a different movie via UV than the BRD I bought: I purchased a Stallone 3-Film Collector's Set (Rambo First Blood, Cop Land, & Lock Up) at Walmart. The package had 2 stickers on it, a UV sticker that said " See packaging for details" (did not list the movie) and a second on that said "Stallone Collection with digital download available for Rambo". Inside the package there was a slip titled "Vudu HD Movies" it did not mention UV anywhere on it, the instructions where:
  1. Visit www.vudu.com/digitalcopy
  2. Enter the promo code below
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions
  4. Your digital copy of Rambo First Blood will be placed in your "my Movies" collection for you to enjoy anytime on VUDU!

The must redeem by date was listed as 3/10/15

When I entered the promo code and followed the instructions I got a copy of Rambo IV (2008) added to My Movies and it was an UV copy (which I verified is in my UV collection and available through other UV services).

My question is: does this seem correct? I really don't mind as I keep my BRD but it seems funny to get a different movie than one of the ones I purchased.

Here is the advice I posted in a different thread.

I have found VUDU support to be very responsive to customer complaints.

Go to the VUDU website and log into your account. Under Help, click Support, Contact Us, Email Support.

State your question, problem or complaint. They usually respond the same day.

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Because of my slow/poor internet service I tend to download my vudu content to my Win7 HTPC. Can anyone tell me where vudu stores these files? I have looked but can not seem to find them. I am interesting in seeing how big they are and maybe backing them up to my NAS.

Also I have several computers, if I download the Vudu software on another computer can I move or copy the downloaded movie file to the 2nd computer and be able to play it? Or can a stream it from the first computer one to the second one?

Thanks!
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Because of my slow/poor internet service I tend to download my vudu content to my Win7 HTPC. Can anyone tell me where vudu stores these files? I have looked but can not seem to find them. I am interesting in seeing how big they are and maybe backing them up to my NAS.

Also I have several computers, if I download the Vudu software on another computer can I move or copy the downloaded movie file to the 2nd computer and be able to play it? Or can a stream it from the first computer one to the second one?

Thanks!

You'll have to wait a while for this capability, if and when the Common File Format (CCF) becomes a reality.
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UltraViolet downloads, better known as the Common File Format, are not available as of Jan 1, 2013. Streaming providers who are UltraViolet ready are able to offer their own proprietary downloads. These downloaded copies are unable to be copied from one device to another, and are not cross-platform.

When the UltraViolet Common File Format is deployed, downloaded files will be able to be copied between devices, stored on physical media (e.g. DVDs, SD cards, flash memory) or cloud services, and can then be played on any UltraViolet player registered to the household account, but it will not play on devices which are not compatible with UltraViolet CFF.

The Common File Format uses the Common Encryption (CENC) system. This format is based on the ISO Base File Format, and ensures that a consistent set of codecs, media formats, DRMs, subtitling, and other kinds of data, are used across the whole UltraViolet ecosystem. The CFF uses the .uvu file extension. Because every UltraViolet title should arrive in this format, it will generally play on any UltraViolet registered device. The format is based on existing standards from MPEG, SMPTE, and others, and was originally derived from the Microsoft Protected Interoperable File Format (PIFF) specification. The goal was to avoid the problem of different file formats for different players and to make it possible to copy files from player to player.[48]

There are two profiles for files and players: standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD). SD players can play only SD files. HD players can play both SD and HD files.

Much of the work done by DECE is being adopted by MPEG in updates to the MPEG-4 container format and as part of the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) format. Therefore, the common file format can be used in other systems and is expected to become broadly deployed.

UltraViolet files use the fragmented MPEG-4 container format (fMP4, technically known as ISO/IEC 14496-12 and often called an ISO container, not to be confused with an ISO disk image.)

UltraViolet files are not required to be encrypted, but it is expected that they usually will be. The files are encrypted using AES keys, which are then protected using each of the required DRM systems, with the DRM-specific information placed in the header. Both ISO scheme (PSSH/CENC) and IPMP frameworks are allowed. A player device only needs to implement one DRM.

UltraViolet files use H.264/AVC video (ISO/IEC 14496-10). Multiple resolutions, aspect ratios, and frame rates are supported. Only progressive-scan video is allowed.

UltraViolet files use stereo MPEG-4 AAC LC audio (ISO/IEC 14496-3) as a required base format, with optional multi-channel AAC, HE AAC v2 (optionally with MPEG surround), Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (MLP), DTS, DTS HD, DTS Master Audio, and DTS Express (low bit rate).

UltraViolet files uses SMPTE Timed Text (SMPTE TT), which is in turn based on the W3C Timed Text Markup Language (TTML). TT incorporates both Unicode text and PNG graphics for captions, subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH), and other types of subtitles and subpictures such as sign language and written commentaries.

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Because of my slow/poor internet service I tend to download my vudu content to my Win7 HTPC. Can anyone tell me where vudu stores these files? I have looked but can not seem to find them. I am interesting in seeing how big they are and maybe backing them up to my NAS.

Also I have several computers, if I download the Vudu software on another computer can I move or copy the downloaded movie file to the 2nd computer and be able to play it? Or can a stream it from the first computer one to the second one?

See here for more info. Someone posted the file location of the downloaded files but I do not remember the location. I could not get anything to play the files and lost ALL interest in CCF.
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Thanks to those who responded to my questions in post 1932. I did find the location from another thread:

"The folder where all your VUDU-downloads are saved by default is: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\com.vudu.air .Downloader
(Note: You may have to un-check "Hide hidden folders and system files" in Windows explorer to be able to see the AppData folder.)"

If/when I play with moving them around i will post back what I find out.
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i know this has been mentioned numerous times, but I just signed up for Vudu and have to vent my frustration.  Why the hell do they have HD movies in Stereo?!  Watching my first movie, Master and Commander, and messed around with my prepro for almost 30 minutes thinking there was an issue cause I was only getting stereo sound before searching the Net and finding all the other complaints.  I don't see myself spending much money on movies from Vudu if the majority of them are this crap.

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Depends on what the studio gives them and you may often find the Amazon and Google Play have the show in stereo too. But then you might want to check your audio input settings. On my AV Receiver I have to switch inputs on VUDU shows to get the DD+ audio or it will just be PCM.
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I'd think the 'stereo' feeds should at least have ProLogic encoding to give you some surround.

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i know this has been mentioned numerous times, but I just signed up for Vudu and have to vent my frustration.  Why the hell do they have HD movies in Stereo?!  Watching my first movie, Master and Commander, and messed around with my prepro for almost 30 minutes thinking there was an issue cause I was only getting stereo sound before searching the Net and finding all the other complaints.  I don't see myself spending much money on movies from Vudu if the majority of them are this crap

That is bizarre! I don't think that I've ever run into a stereo movie on VUDU before, but Master and Commander definitely is. It's particularly sad because it has some impressive sound design in the naval battle scenes. I recall watching the disc for the first time and feeling like there were cannon shot rolling across my living room floor biggrin.gif.

I guess that you have to be careful; the "More Info" tab for each movies entry will tell you what the sound formats are.
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That is bizarre! I don't think that I've ever run into a stereo movie on VUDU before, but Master and Commander definitely is. It's particularly sad because it has some impressive sound design in the naval battle scenes. I recall watching the disc for the first time and feeling like there were cannon shot rolling across my living room floor biggrin.gif.

I guess that you have to be careful; the "More Info" tab for each movies entry will tell you what the sound formats are.

I actually never watched it before, but have seen it listed numerous places as being a great movie for surround effects and LEE so that's why it was the first movie I got. At least it was one of my 5 free for being a new customer so I didn't actually spend any money on it.

Thanks for the tip on the "more info" tab. Will have to remember to check that before buying any movies. It's reassuring that you haven't noticed that before as it hopefully means that the majority of their HD movies don't have stereo audio.
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I'd think the 'stereo' feeds should at least have ProLogic encoding to give you some surround.
I have both HDMI and SPDIF hooked up to my AV Receiver and I have to switch the audio input sometimes even on Amazon. That truly is weird but if it is a stereo title it may show PCM and switch the input will make it ProLogic.
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