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Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?

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    Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?

    It puzzles me why some movies are never released on Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, or Itunes. Some of my favorite movies only are available to buy via physical dvd such as:

    Armageddon
    Enemy of the State
    A Civil Action
    A Guy Thing
    Collateral
    Con Air (although it is on Google Play)
    Ransom
    Rock
    Premonition

    Why do the movie studios/producers not allow their movies on digital services? I would think it would be a win/win situation to make more money. Some of these movies are Jerry Bruckheimer films. Is he against "non physical DVD" sales? I wish someone could enlighten me because I don't understand it and wish I could get an answer on the matter.

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    Re: Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?

    Originally posted by SAshley View Post
    It puzzles me why some movies are never released on Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, or Itunes. Some of my favorite movies only are available to buy via physical dvd such as:

    Armageddon
    Enemy of the State
    A Civil Action
    A Guy Thing
    Collateral
    Con Air (although it is on Google Play)
    Ransom
    Rock
    Premonition

    Why do the movie studios/producers not allow their movies on digital services? I would think it would be a win/win situation to make more money. Some of these movies are Jerry Bruckheimer films. Is he against "non physical DVD" sales? I wish someone could enlighten me because I don't understand it and wish I could get an answer on the matter.
    Basically what you said it what happens. Movie studios dictate what movies are in the digital sales window at any given time. The positive thing is once they are in the sale window and you buy them or redeem a code for them then they stay in your library even when they go back out of the sales window. The bad part is waiting for the sales window to open. I'd love to get Gremlins, A.I. and many others but they have yet to appear in the sales window at vudu.

    It can also vary by provider. Vudu can have something Itunes does not and vice versa.

    Some movies are also dictated by the directors or so I've heard. That's why Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies are not UV.

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      #3
      Re: Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?

      sorry to chime in like a broken record, but I feel it is important to remember that UltraViolet is the fasted adopted standard in MPAA history.

      Yes, there are catalog titles missing, but five years after the pressing of the first bluray disc, there were massive amounts of titles not available in that format.

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        #4
        Re: Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?

        Collateral is available in HDX on Vudu but I believe the only way to get it is by UV code.

        http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/44470/Collateral

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          #5
          Re: Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?

          Yeah. Armageddon should be able to purchase in vudu.
          The other ones are (pearl harbor - gone in 60 seconds with Angelina Jolie. Apocalypto- Grandma's Boy are more that need to be on vudu for purchase, NOT JUST FOR RENT. Everyone will buy this moviess..)

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            #6
            If you want PREMONITION added to your library. It is only available through Instawatch.
            Free Shipping on orders over $35. Buy 28 Days / The Net / Premonition (DVD) (VUDU Instawatch Included) at Walmart.com

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              #7
              A Civil Action, Enemy of the State,Armaggedon and Con air are currently available to purchase at 17.99 on vudu (just not uv). Both Gremlins 1 and 2 were available at one time; I have both in my Vudu and UV library. So was A Guy Thing; in my library but not UV. I also have Collateral in my library UV code).

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                #8
                Originally posted by madmod20061 View Post
                Re: Why are some movies not available on Vudu or any digital services?



                Basically what you said it what happens. Movie studios dictate what movies are in the digital sales window at any given time. The positive thing is once they are in the sale window and you buy them or redeem a code for them then they stay in your library even when they go back out of the sales window. The bad part is waiting for the sales window to open. I'd love to get Gremlins, A.I. and many others but they have yet to appear in the sales window at vudu.

                It can also vary by provider. Vudu can have something Itunes does not and vice versa.

                Some movies are also dictated by the directors or so I've heard. That's why Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies are not UV.
                Gremlins is available as D2D. I have it in my collection using that. I don't know why it would be available through D2D and not for direct sale, but, if that's the case, you can get it that way currently. I checked the D2D search on the VUDU site, and it is showing Gremlins 1 &2 as available that way

                https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/.../Gremlins/9032
                https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/...New-Batch/9631

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                  #9
                  People, please check the dates of the posts you are responding to. The original post in this thread was in 2014 and the person who posted it hasn't posted again since 2016. It's not too surprising that some movies have become available since then.

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                    #10
                    I want to know why some movies are only available to rent,not buy

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by chairmark95@yahoo.com View Post
                      I want to know why some movies are only available to rent,not buy
                      Then there are those only available to buy and not rent like:

                      The 15:17 to Paris

                      Who knows, maybe a studio issue?

                      253 UHD
                      815 HDX
                      3 SD

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by chairmark95@yahoo.com View Post
                        I want to know why some movies are only available to rent,not buy
                        Studio choice. Usually due to contractual issues, especially 80!s and some early 90?s titiles.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by thanson
                          To me the biggest one that comes to mind is Dogma. You can't even buy the Blu-ray anymore as the studio caved in to pure pressure. Luckily I bought mine when it was for sale on Blu-ray.
                          That?s not why

                          the Weinstein?s own the movie, personally, lock stock and barrel, and it?s tied up in their bankruptcy.

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