Movie industry, meet the music industry…Please.

By | Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

Who the he** came up with this “Ultraviolet Digital Copy” crap?!?!  It’s the new Digital Copy they included with the last two Harry Potter movies (or the one two-part movie, whichever you prefer).  It SUCKS!  You first have to register with some Ultraviolet website, which then has to be integrated with your Flixster account.  Then, if you manage to get THAT far–which isn’t a walk in the park–you can finally stream your movie using your Flixster app on your device.   Who would want to use yet another app to view a movie they purchased?!?  Not me.

The first thing I did after purchasing the final Harry Potter movie (part 2), was pull out part 1 and try to install the digital copy for Kevin on his iPod.  Guess what?  It expired already.  The expiration date was on the card in the “fine print”.  Nice.  I didn’t activate it on purpose when I got it, since we didn’t even want to watch it until the “complete” movie was out, so we could then watch it beginning-to-end.  Now I was screwed.  I tried to activate it anyway, and all I got (after I jumped through all of the Ultraviolet/Flixster hoops) was a message saying “your disc will arrive in the mail within 2-3 weeks).  Nothing saying it was expired or anything, just that a disc was coming.  I then went to the part 2 and activated that one at least, since it wouldn’t be expired yet.  I jumped through the same stupid hoops, and then got to the goofy decision–do I want to stream it on Flixster or download a copy?  I tried the “download a copy” option, but it requires special software installed on your PC!  What?!?!

I wasn’t about to give up though.  This simply isn’t acceptable.  Who, in their right mind, actually uses this worthless digital copy crap??  All others before this simply had us enter a code in iTunes and the digital copy downloaded–even if they provided a “digital copy disc” in the box, which is another bizarre thing–why the heck is the disc needed if it’s going to download the movie from the web anyway?? But it worked pretty good.  The movie was then in iTunes, instantly available on the iPod for playing.  This is how we want to access ALL of our movies downloaded to the iPod–from the Movies app, which works perfectly fine.  To accomplish this for these two movies, I had to convert the DVD using CloneDVD Mobile & AnyDVD–an awesome set of applications I’ve used on the PC for years.  These two apps work together, with AnyDVD removing the copy protection from the DVD automatically whenever I insert one into my PC, then I use CloneDVD Mobile to convert the unprotected movie into a file.  Once the file is created, I can use it wherever I want.  You can create the file for specific devices, such as the iPod, to make a smaller file size, or create a generic higher-resolution file that’ll play on anything (and looks good on a tablet or PC screen), but it’ll be much larger in size.  For Kevin I simply made smaller iPod-sized movies, then dragged them into iTunes.  I worked out fine, and now all of his movies are still in one place.

Now I’m waiting for some useless disc to arrive in the mail, just wondering how much additional junk mail promotions will be included along with it, as well as how much more junk mail this will add to my postman’s daily delivery.  Wonderful.

When are the movie companies going to realize–just like the music industry did–that they’re punishing their paying customers??? Apple finally eventually removed all of their copy protection from their music (but kept their goofy “registered” music format files for some reason) and now sell everything unprotected, and Amazon sells everything as bare MP3 files, which is awesome.  I can purchase a song or album from Amazon and put it on whatever I want to play it.  THAT’S what I want for my movies too.  If the movie industry would realize this, as the music industry did, I could stop giving my money to SlySoft (maker of AnyDVD and CloneDVD Mobile) and instead spend that money buying more digital movies.

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