Bodily media is having a tough time of it within the digital age. Whereas Blu-rays are nonetheless a wonderfully reputable technique of getting HD video, and splendid in case you don’t have a top quality Web connection, the comfort of web-based providers like iTunes, the Google Play Retailer, and Amazon On the spot Video is starting to supersede them.
Hollywood’s reply to that is UltraViolet, a
piss-poor scifi motion film web-based system that lets Blu-ray and DVD patrons acquire digital copies of their bodily films.
Sadly, the system isn’t as well-integrated as a few of its digital-only rivals. Completely different manufacturing homes and studios use completely different websites, you’ll be able to’t get the films on each digital platform, and issues normally are much less clean than they need to be. Right here’s how to use these freebie codes to construct up a library within the smoothest approach attainable.
Step One: Select an UltraViolet Associate
Issues are difficult proper off the bat. As a result of when you can create an UltraViolet account on the official web site, you’ll be able to’t truly add any films from there: you’ll have to go to both a studio sub-site or a streaming associate web site so as to declare your films. So let’s skip the intermediary and ignore the company web site altogether.
UltraViolet companions with the next providers within the nations it helps:
- Fandango NOW (beforehand partnered with Flixter, which is now defunct)
- Sony Photos
- Verizon FiOS
There’s no motive to restrict your self with the studio and Verizon choices. Within the US, VUDU might be the streaming possibility of selection, and in all different UltraViolet territories, Fandango ought to be your first cease. Each assist Apple, Google, and Roku platforms, with VUDU supporting each Xbox and PlayStation (Fandango is just accessible on the Xbox One). A evident omission in each circumstances is Amazon’s Hearth TV…however not one of the different techniques assist it, both.
For VUDU, head to VUDU.com and log in or create an account with the “Signal In” or “Signal Up” buttons on the top-right nook. For Fandango, use FandangoNOW.com and click on “SIGN IN” within the top-right nook, then click on “be part of now” in case you don’t have an account. It’s not needed to add a bank card.
Step Two: Hyperlink UltraViolet with VUDU or Fandango
Subsequent, you want to create an UltraViolet library inside these two providers. Right here’s how.
On the primary VUDU net web page, click on your username within the top-right nook, then click on “UltraViolet.” Click on the “I agree” field, then click on “Create UltraViolet Library.”
On Fandango NOW, hover the mouse cursor over “Library,” then click on “UltraViolet.” Click on “Create Or Hyperlink UltraViolet Account.” Create a brand new one if that is your first film, or click on “Hyperlink my Ultraviolet Account” in case you’ve executed one thing comparable on a unique platform. Click on the “I agree” field, then “Proceed.” Log in or create a brand new account (sure, a second one) if needed.
Step Three: Redeem Film Codes
Sadly, there’s no central code web page for UltraViolet: every studio forces its customers to go to a unique web site. It’s a ache within the butt. Additionally be aware that the codes expire—if the one in your insert doesn’t work, that is most likely why. That is a good greater ache within the butt, since retailers don’t prefer it whenever you return opened films, and often the one approach to get the code is to open it. Good luck arguing with the worker on the return desk.
Anyway, take the cardboard that got here along with your Blu-ray or DVD, and go to the positioning on the directions. (This web site modifications with each studio—for our instance film, Chicago from Lionsgate, it’s the generic “redeemmovie.com.” Every web site will deal with issues slightly in a different way, however usually you simply discover the suitable discipline and enter the code.
At this level you’ll be given a selection of digital retailers at which you’ll be able to redeem your film. For Lionsgate and Chicago, I can solely select VUDU or Fandango NOW. Your expertise is perhaps completely different…however as said above, these are just about the one providers you’ll need to use anyway.
You possibly can solely select one. Make your choice. The film will probably be added to your library on the service of your selection.
Step 4: Watch Your Movies
The film related along with your account will probably be yours, free to view on both VUDU or Fandango’s web site. You’ll even have entry to the film on the related apps, listed beneath:
- iOS/Apple TV/Airlplay
- Android/Android TV/Google Play/Chromecast
- Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Ps three, PlayStation four
- LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, RCA, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba, and Vizio Sensible TVs
- iOS/Apple TV/Airplay
- Android/Google Play/Chromecast
- Xbox One
- Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Hisense Sensible TVs
Merely set up the app in your platform of selection, log in to both service, and examine your video library for the film you added. Repeat the method with any new Blu-rays or DVDs you buy.
Sadly, UltraViolet will not be a common customary: solely the film studios and electronics firms that take part in it provide films through the digital providers. These embrace films and TV produced or distributed by:
- Anchor Bay
- Relativity Media
- Roadshow Leisure
- Sony Photos
- Common Studios
- Weinstein Firm
There are a variety of small and medium-sized film manufacturing homes lacking from that checklist, however the large one is Disney. That’s as a result of Disney has its personal digital video different, Disney Movies Anyplace, which incorporates digital codes for main releases from Walt Disney Studios, ABC Studios, Marvel Leisure, and Lucasarts (who produces Star Wars). Disney Movies Anyplace permits customers to redeem codes on the film streaming providers for Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, Microsoft, and VUDU. So in case you’re hoping to create a single account with entry to all of the digital film codes from all of your bodily purchases, VUDU is the way in which to go.