Originally Posted by Foxbat121
Making your own digital copy from BD is now very easy as well. For exmaple, MakeMKV does a one stop conversion to full bit-rate MKV. From there, you can use other tools like HandBrake to make appropriate copies for your portable devices.
The only thing that is useless on the combo pack is digital copy because typically they only work for either PC or Apple devices. Nothing for Android devices other than UltraViolet copies.
I did specifically say "all in one solution". Further, I'm on a PC so Handbrake is out and I hear that's one of the more painless ones. The PC solutions often lack a lot of...shall we say...finess...
I personally hate the digital copies because of the time limit on aquiring them and it being on me to safely store my copy with a backup so a hard drive crash doesn't screw me. Also, making my own means I can choose the exact quality I want for the device I plan to view it on. Plus, like you alluded to, I can make them OS independent.
Originally Posted by ack_bk
Just keep in mind, most Americans are not going to illegally rip movies to make a backup copy. That is why the DVD/DC comes in handy. We went on a vacation recently, and I grabbed a bunch of movies for my kids for the portable DVD player. I also used the DC's to put a half dozen movies on my iPad. Lack of Android support is ridiculous, but UV does fix that.
Copying a movie you legally purchased is for your own personal use not illegal. The "illegal" part stems from using software that uses a decryption key that was not properly obtained, such as "borrowing" one from the DVD playback software on your computer. That stems from the DMCA rules. In short, it's the method of decryption that makes it "illegal", but is something that would not likely have the FBI knocking on your door. The software act essentially trumps that with the right to backup software for personal use. DVDs and BDs are considered software.
Now, if you distribute that copy to a bunch of people - or sell it to anyone at all, that would be illegal. Further, copying a movie you don't own a legal copy of would also be illegal.
Further, breaking encryption to view or obtain content you haven't obtained the proper rights to view, would also be illegal. So, hacking Netflix's streaming service to download their movies to a local system would be considered a crime.Edited by NetworkTV - 9/28/12 at 8:53am