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Fox to begin releasing digital copies of movies weeks before Blu-ray and On Demand

09.07.2012

We movie fans know how fast things change when it comes to home video. Even the name "home video" no longer really applies since we can watch movies anywhere on numerous devices. We have switched from film to videotapes to laserdisc and then DVD. Blu-ray is still new and already we have the advent of digital copies and streaming media. It is harder and harder to build a movie collection since the format keeps changing.

20th Century Fox is pushing ahead of the studios by making a bold change to their release strategy for movies. Later this month when PROMETHEUS is released, the Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand release it will already have been available for three weeks on Digital HD (another name for UltraViolet digital copy).

The DHD copies of the movies will sell for $15. Fox is also planning to release ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, THE WATCH, and ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT using this new strategy. UltraViolet and similar DHD formats are currently not supported by Amazon or Apple, but this may be the next step in getting away from physical discs.

What you don't get from a digital release is that feeling of unwrapping a new movie like a Christmas present. You lose the collector's editions or special features that we have become accustomed to getting with DVD or VHS. What you gain is the ability for more companies to release more movies since the cost of putting a file online is vastly cheaper than manufacturing cases, inserts, and shipping.

Time will tell if DHD replaces the physical purchase of a movie. Which do you prefer?

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Extra Tidbit: My 2000 VHS tapes and 3000 DVDs want DHD to go f**k itself.
Source: Deadline

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3:23PM on 09/07/2012

PHYSICAL COPIES FOR LIFE

I can wait for the blu-ray thank you very much.
I can wait for the blu-ray thank you very much.
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3:50PM on 09/07/2012
DHD certainly makes it easier for the pirates to distribute new movies. Personally, I would never spend money on a digital copy if a physical copy either existed or is about to be released. My blu-ray/DVD collection is too impressive to switch to digital only.
DHD certainly makes it easier for the pirates to distribute new movies. Personally, I would never spend money on a digital copy if a physical copy either existed or is about to be released. My blu-ray/DVD collection is too impressive to switch to digital only.
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6:01PM on 09/07/2012
really? who is exactly impressed by your ability to go to a store and purchase a movie? what exactly about the ability to own a dvd, which anybody can do, is impressive?
really? who is exactly impressed by your ability to go to a store and purchase a movie? what exactly about the ability to own a dvd, which anybody can do, is impressive?
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4:26PM on 09/07/2012

Extra tidbit

DHD can definetly fuck off. I love to own my media. Even if I download a movie to see it I still by my hardcopy. The joy of ownership. Comes in handy now that the power supply on my pc went out yesterday and a while ago when our internet and cable wen tout, still had something to watch
DHD can definetly fuck off. I love to own my media. Even if I download a movie to see it I still by my hardcopy. The joy of ownership. Comes in handy now that the power supply on my pc went out yesterday and a while ago when our internet and cable wen tout, still had something to watch
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4:29PM on 09/07/2012
I do like having the digital copies, because I commute by train and I can watch them on my laptop, BUT -- I don't buy them exclusively. I will always buy the DVD or Blu-ray and I take the digital copy as a bonus. That said... Ultraviolet can go fuck right off. The iTunes copies worked well because they worked with a program that almost everybody has installed. They work on iPads, which EVERYBODY has these days. They had chapter markers and even newer digital copies came with special features.
I do like having the digital copies, because I commute by train and I can watch them on my laptop, BUT -- I don't buy them exclusively. I will always buy the DVD or Blu-ray and I take the digital copy as a bonus. That said... Ultraviolet can go fuck right off. The iTunes copies worked well because they worked with a program that almost everybody has installed. They work on iPads, which EVERYBODY has these days. They had chapter markers and even newer digital copies came with special features. But now Ultraviolet comes in and is compatible with nothing but Flixster. And the resolution looks awful, there are no chapter markers, and there's no resume function built in, so you always have to make note of where you are in the film, then scrub back to where you left off when you reboot the program. I don't even bother redeeming them anymore.

As for the overall shift to digital, fuck that. I can't loan my digital copies to my coworkers and friends or bring them to a friend's house. Digital as a permanent replacement for physical media can eat shit. A hard drive can fail or lose data for no rhyme or reason. A piece of plastic doesn't magically lose what's encoded on it. And it's the same as owning a record or CD... you like to display it, look at it, appreciate the artwork... read the liner notes (on older DVD releases anyway). It's fun for my buddies to thumb through my collection when they come over. Nobody looks at my computer and says, "Oh shit! You may or may not have a lot of digital copies on there! What can I not borrow?!"
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4:33PM on 09/07/2012

Please stop pushing this Ultraviolet crap on us, Studios.

What was wrong with the itunes download?
What was wrong with the itunes download?
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5:04PM on 09/07/2012

INFO NEEDS TO BE UPDATED!!!!!

IT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON APPLE, XBOX, PSN AND MANY MORE
IM WONDERING IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE 3D VERSION
Update: We talked to Fox and confirmed that the DHD initiative is not limited to only Ultraviolet. According to the studio when this kicks off September 18th, it will make more than 600 films available across stores including Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU and Xbox. Prometheus is also Fox's first UV title and its first new release under the DHD program, but if you
IT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON APPLE, XBOX, PSN AND MANY MORE
IM WONDERING IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE 3D VERSION
Update: We talked to Fox and confirmed that the DHD initiative is not limited to only Ultraviolet. According to the studio when this kicks off September 18th, it will make more than 600 films available across stores including Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU and Xbox. Prometheus is also Fox's first UV title and its first new release under the DHD program, but if you prefer your digital movies in another format, it looks like you'll be able to get them.
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5:05PM on 09/07/2012
I ALSO HATE UV. SO IM HAPPY IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OTHER FORMATS
I ALSO HATE UV. SO IM HAPPY IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OTHER FORMATS
5:05PM on 09/07/2012

DUP POST

DUP
DUP
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6:47PM on 09/07/2012

Nope. Won't happen ...

Nothing digital will replace the quality or content of having a physical copy of a movie and Blu-ray is about as good as hi-def can get and I don't see the format being topped for years. Yes, having the option of a digital copy is a convenient bonus but you're going to sacrifice quality no matter what so I don't see any major studios going fully digital any time soon. Plus where's the fun in having a digital movie collection? It just doesn't look as impressive.
Nothing digital will replace the quality or content of having a physical copy of a movie and Blu-ray is about as good as hi-def can get and I don't see the format being topped for years. Yes, having the option of a digital copy is a convenient bonus but you're going to sacrifice quality no matter what so I don't see any major studios going fully digital any time soon. Plus where's the fun in having a digital movie collection? It just doesn't look as impressive.
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7:15PM on 09/07/2012
Nope, I'll always want physical copies.
Nope, I'll always want physical copies.
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9:11PM on 09/07/2012

Ultraviolet Digital Copy....

... is BULLSH*T! I hate that crap to no end. In fact, I will not buy a blu-ray that has that shyte on it. Any company that supports this format can go to Hell.
... is BULLSH*T! I hate that crap to no end. In fact, I will not buy a blu-ray that has that shyte on it. Any company that supports this format can go to Hell.
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1:44AM on 09/08/2012
I just wish they were also available on HD,I mean ya buying them on blu-ray anyway? I finally used the UV copy with The Hunger Games purchase, but the copy would freeze & was very blurry at times.
I just wish they were also available on HD,I mean ya buying them on blu-ray anyway? I finally used the UV copy with The Hunger Games purchase, but the copy would freeze & was very blurry at times.
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9:31AM on 09/08/2012

Inaccessible

My biggest issue with UltraViolet (apart from the horrible, horrible set-up process and the horrible, horrible general interface) is the lack of subtitles on their digital copies over those on iTunes. Thatís an unforgivable omission. Completely unforgivable. As a result, I just donít buy the blu-rays with solely UltraViolet digital copies.
My biggest issue with UltraViolet (apart from the horrible, horrible set-up process and the horrible, horrible general interface) is the lack of subtitles on their digital copies over those on iTunes. Thatís an unforgivable omission. Completely unforgivable. As a result, I just donít buy the blu-rays with solely UltraViolet digital copies.
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9:52AM on 09/08/2012

You can't truly own digital

Leaving aside the fact that digital won't match Blu-ray's quality for years yet, the issue that probably won't be fixed in the near future is ownership. When you buy a physical copy, you own it outright and it is undeniably yours to do with as you please. With digital copies, you don't own it. The company through which you purchased it has an agreement with each studio to license the product to you. That's all you're doing is purchasing a license. They can take it away any time they want, it
Leaving aside the fact that digital won't match Blu-ray's quality for years yet, the issue that probably won't be fixed in the near future is ownership. When you buy a physical copy, you own it outright and it is undeniably yours to do with as you please. With digital copies, you don't own it. The company through which you purchased it has an agreement with each studio to license the product to you. That's all you're doing is purchasing a license. They can take it away any time they want, it won't play on other devices if they don't want it to, and you can't pass it on to anyone if you die.
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12:57PM on 09/08/2012
When digital distribution becomes standardized across platforms and they can get past this clusterf*** of licencing red tape, I'll be more willing to consider digital distribution as a viable option, but for right now, it's still nothing more than an added bonus that comes with my blu-rays. Heck even with the sizable collection of digital movies I have, I still barely watch them over the physical disk. The movie industry should take a hint from the music industry on how to do this properly.
When digital distribution becomes standardized across platforms and they can get past this clusterf*** of licencing red tape, I'll be more willing to consider digital distribution as a viable option, but for right now, it's still nothing more than an added bonus that comes with my blu-rays. Heck even with the sizable collection of digital movies I have, I still barely watch them over the physical disk. The movie industry should take a hint from the music industry on how to do this properly.
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