When studios first started offering digital copies of movies with home video releases on Blu-ray and DVD, UV was one of the first services to host a library of titles for clients. Now the company is closing.
The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) has announced that the Ultraviolet digital film cabinet will be closed this summer. What does this mean for customers who have a collection of films that have been redeemed using the Ultraviolet digital movie service? Find out below.
Diversity talks about turning off the UV light, but users don’t need to worry about losing access to their digital library immediately. Ultraviolet will not die before July 31and they offer customers the opportunity to link their library with another collaborating retailer to hold on to their digital library. Most users with a digital movie collection have probably already done this by posting their movies in stores such as Walmart's Vudu or Fandango NOW, but if you haven't done so, Ultraviolet has instructions on how to do this on your website. .
For those Ultraviolet users who are worried about losing their movies, Vudu has tried its best to reassure customers that this will not affect their libraries. Vudu Vice President Scott Blankstin said:
“Buyers who use Vudu to watch, rent or purchase movies and TV shows will not be affected by the termination of the Ultraviolet platform. These customers will still be able to enjoy Vudu content, as before, and will continue to access all the movies and TV shows they have kept in their Vudu library, even after the Ultraviolet service has been closed. ”
There is a possibility that some movies and TV shows from your Ultraviolet library will not be left without service after the service is closed. But the company expects customers to have a very small disruption in this regard. And if you manage to buy a film or television show with an ultraviolet digital copy, you can still buy it back until July 31. It will also be displayed in any retailer’s library associated with the service.
The ultraviolet shutter is not surprising. Studios such as 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures have previously used Ultraviolet as their default distributor of digital films. But since Disney launched the Movies Anywhere service in the fall of 2017, two studios have stopped releasing digital films via Ultraviolet. Since then, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures joined Fox and Universal in the release of digital movies through Movies Anywhere.
If you haven’t created a Movies Anywhere account yet, this is now the best way to keep track of your digital movie and TV collection. Most movies and TV shows purchased through the service will be transferred to movie libraries in iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, Microsoft Movies & TV and Xfinity. However, films from Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate have not yet intersected, as they did not support Movies Anywhere. However, this is now the best locker for digital libraries.
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