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Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

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    #31
    Re: Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

    I kind of like how many players can pull metadata from Gracenote or IMDB. It means there can be corrections and updatesalthough if the device can't cache that info, it also means that all the metadata is unavailable if the device is offline.

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      #32
      Re: Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

      Originally posted by goneviral View Post
      It was a bit amusing to pull up that post and see it be a link to something I'd written a while ago.
      Apologies if my comment on your article was overly harsh... it was a detailed writeup of UV progress, I mostly just disagreed with the idea it was an attempt to get rid of the "middleman," and that it's really an "ecosystem" that more clearly defines a middleman's role Hopefully a leaner, less expensive role, which is probably what you meant... (the alternative is every studio attempting to sell and stream movies themselves, which sounds terrifying).

      I also have requested that Vudu provide the ability to upgrade my various licenses to 1080p on multiple occasions. Here's hoping that the option is provided to Vudu customers soon. (Hint hint, Jake)
      Completely agree, depends on other involved parties, of course...

      This is the elegant nature of cloud, or as Jake would prefer Digital Rights Locker-based services.
      Well... I wasn't debating the "cloud", just that the idea UV "is the cloud"... UV is the locker, and VUDU (and CinemaNow, and probably any other provider using UV) exists independently from UV - any movie you buy on VUDU you own on VUDU regardless of your UV account linking...

      But of course, we'd love all movies to be offered as UV, since we believe VUDU has the best service overall to purchase and stream them!

      Ok, I think I will go back to providing occasional unofficial tech support instead of UV opinions

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        #33
        Re: Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

        Originally posted by Jake View Post
        Apologies if my comment on your article was overly harsh...

        There is absolutely no need for an apology. I've been writing on the internet for 15 years. That passes for a compliment a lot of times.

        With regards to the cloud aspect, as long as 51% of people believe that stormy weather impacts the cloud, it's best not to confuse the reader by explaining such esoteric differences.

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          #34
          Re: Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

          Originally posted by goneviral View Post
          There is absolutely no need for an apology. I've been writing on the internet for 15 years. That passes for a compliment a lot of times.

          With regards to the cloud aspect, as long as 51% of people believe that stormy weather impacts the cloud, it's best not to confuse the reader by explaining such esoteric differences.
          Yes...and no. I see how simplifying it might get more people interested, and Vudu can't assume that all or even most users will care to make the distinction, but these "technicalities" can make the difference between consumers blaming Vudu for an incorrect ALID and blaming the issuer, or blaming UV or Vudu for not being able to stream their movie on Flixster. Sure, your average consumer shouldn't have to worry about those things, just like your average driver shouldn't have to worry about what the catalytic converter or distributor cap does, but having just a very basic idea of what those things are and what they do can help keep the consumer from making costly mistakes with their car, and with VOD, can help them avoid frustration and get it fixed sooner.

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            #35
            Re: Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

            Originally posted by goneviral View Post
            Walter, thank you for your continued thoughts on the subject. I am obviously a loyal Vudu user, which is why I frequent this forum. It was a bit amusing to pull up that post and see it be a link to something I'd written a while ago. I too have discovered that Vudu is the optimal movie service of the moment. I also have requested that Vudu provide the ability to upgrade my various licenses to 1080p on multiple occasions. Here's hoping that the option is provided to Vudu customers soon. (Hint hint, Jake)

            Judging from your Handbrake comments, I suspect that we are quite similar with regards to our movie behavior. I have so many TiVo files and Handbrake rips that we have roughly 21 TB of external hard drives filled with stuff. I am now gradually cleaning out those drives as I purchase the titles via UV. This is the elegant nature of cloud, or as Jake would prefer Digital Rights Locker-based services. The process is impressively streamlined relative to older practices such as DVD purchases/rips and VHS tape archiving prior to that.

            As a lifetime movie lover, all I have ever wanted is to have instant access to a movie. Not that long ago, we had a pair of 400-DVD changers that were filled with discs we had to rotate constantly. Between Amazon and Vudu, we now possess more files in an easier manner. I cannot state in finite terms how much time this has saved my wife and I in terms of alphabetizing discs, loading/unloading them from the player and updating spreadsheets with current collection information. If Disney ever joined UV, it would be the perfect solution.

            Thank you for reading BOP. You are exactly the sort of intelligent reader we have attempted to attract/cultivate over the years.
            Damn, DVD-jukebox? you are hard core. Glad that technology didn't take. I held my breath on that one and waited for it to pass. I figured streaming would erase the need for a consumer electronic solution. It just surprised me the speed with which it hit.

            We can now all gleefully sort through our video entertainment library with a remote and using nothing but ubiquitous broadband.

            Ahh...

            In the words of Victor Hugo, "No army can stop an idea whose time has come"

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              #36
              Re: Ultraviolet's Attempt to Corner the Market

              The digital format could be much more palatable if they began to include dvd extras instead of just the feature or reduce the prices of their films. I have a few digital films, they are convenient however I feel a bit ripped off paying the same price for just the feature as I would for say an additional disk worth of extras.

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