Originally Posted by home4sale2
Thanks MrG, if you're looking for a long lost family member, I'm it. A few more questions and thank you for your reply.
First of all, do you use a Vudu account or link the Walmart account? Does it make a difference?
I use a VUDU account. I don't have a Walmart account so I can't help you there.
As a first step then, I buy a movie through Vudu (say 4K) which gives me digital access rights (in essence streaming, sort of like Netflix).
I imagine I can use a VUDU app or PC or whatever to access this movie anywhere with my credentials.
You should really invest in a quality streamer if you're going this route. I use the Apple TV 4K, Roku Premiere+, Fire TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra. Of these I probably use the Apple TV 4K the most followed by the Roku Premiere+. The others I got on sale since I'm kind of a gadgets nut.
Because it adds the library to "Movies anywhere", I can then align "Movies Anywhere" to Vudu (already done) or other services like iTunes, Google Play? Do they show up everywhere and then I can choose an "app" of my choice?
As I mentioned earlier studios like Paramount and Lionsgate do not belong to MA so those movies will not port over - at least not yet. There are also some smaller independent studios like A24 that will not port from one vendor to another. So you won't find a film like Lady Bird
on MA. In this case I would buy the film on Google Play and add it to my Family Library. So there are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a film.
I am worried to put all my eggs in Vudu basket I guess based on the fact these services will come and go.
True, there are no guarantees but VUDU belongs to Walmart and I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon.
To take this further, then, if I wanted to, I can also purchase (for additional $) a physical disc or buy the physical disk + digital from the start.
Yep. I have done this when VUDU is selling the UHD Blu-ray at a decent price. You get immediate access to the digital stream and the Blu-ray is mailed to you at release date.
This is what confused me when I hit the redeem button on Vudu: "Buy a Blu-ray or DVD with Movies Anywhere or UltraViolet and get a digital copy to watch anytime, anywhere." I don't see an advantage in that except I would use Ultraviolet (till July anyway) to transfer my existing DVDs for an upcharge to earn the right to stream to my device. The advantage being I don't have to repurchase these titles and only spend a few dollars to actually use my beautiful projector to its capability versus upconverting an old dvd using my blu ray player's ability.
There is a lot jammed into this paragraph. If you buy a recent Blu-ray release it usually comes with a digital code that you can redeem
at MA, VUDU, Google Play, iTunes or at the studio website - whatever the included instructions say. Usually if you want to buy
a movie to own on VUDU you select either SD, HDX or UHD or Disc + Digital. To be sure that the movie you interested in buying is going to port over to the other vendors check it out on the MA website. MA will list all the vendors where you can buy the movie.
To convert DVD's and older Blu-rays (without digital codes) I use the app on my phone, previously I used the app on either my Mac or Windows computer. The charge to convert to HDX is $2 for Blu-rays and $5 for DVD's.
I assume you're referring to the BenQ HT3550 which is a very nice DLP projector.