Love it, or hate it, UltraViolet looks as if it is here to stay. My opinion of it is that while a good idea, the execution has is a little "hit or miss".
One way you can view your UltraViolet movies, is through Flixster.com, a movie viewing site owned by Warners. Following in the footsteps of Wal-Mart (with VUDU) and Best Buy (Cinemanow.com), you can transfer your DVDs to digital cloud storage without ever leaving home. Then you can playback on your computer, or mobile device. Now there are two catches: 1). You are limited to what studios are participating.
The app also contains a list of available titles that can be converted; participating studios include Warner, Universal, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures and Paramount. The service does not yet support conversion of TV shows or Blu-rays.
and 2.) Like VUDU and Cinema now, there is a fee. $3 for SD copies and $5 for HD copies. That alone maybe enough to turn off most people.
But if you want to try it, when you install the player on your PC, you get 5 free SD transfers. With this knowledge, I decided to give it a try. I started with the 1968 classic, "Bullitt". You've got Steven McQueen "cool", combined with a great story, and oh, there is a car chase scene in it that I hear is pretty cool. The DVD version was released in 2005, so I thought this would be a good test disc.
I have a pretty good internet connection, I had the player downloaded and installed in about 7 minutes. I put my movie in the disc player, and the player unlocked it in about a minute. When I clicked to watch the movie, I had to wait for the movie to be downloaded to my PC. The 1.71GB file was finished in about 6 minutes.
The quality was standard def. DVD quality. Then I switched over to my IPhone 5 and the movie was in the cloud and ready to go a little faster than I thought. The playback was smooth and looked pretty good. Now, I need to figure out how to converge all my UltraViolet movies to one place. That is part of the "hit or miss" that continues to baffle users.
What do you think? Do you use these services? If not, why? Also, a little help getting all my movies in one place!