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#1 pun123   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2572 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:44 PM

This is interesting and I know we have discussed this much before, but now starting today you can download the VUDU mobile app and just scan the bar code of a movie ONLY AT YOUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS and then pay $2 for SD, $5 for HD. Works for apple and android.

 

Questions-

Does it offer the 50% discount after 10 like original?

Any UHD conversions?

Can only be used at your physical address, but scanning bar codes from websites or cover sites work?

 

 

http://www.usatoday....cloud/99505522/

 

https://play.google....derTablet&hl=en


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#2 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   8281 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:53 PM

Thanks for posting over here.  I vastly prefer to read stuff on CAG over blu-ray.com. :)  Now to get everyone posting over there to post over here instead... :-k



#3 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   8281 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:14 PM

I'm not sure if we want this posted or not, but here is the list of titles that might work with this new feature:

 

https://docs.google....G3k0/edit#gid=0

 

As for the question of UHD, I can report back on my results after I get home tonight. :)



#4 Shiftygism   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   298 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:12 AM

50% off 10 deal is over I think.

 

Also, after three years they finally realized there was a glitch with the VUDU2GO app allowing you to get HDX versions of dvds for only $2, it's sadly been fixed.



#5 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   4793 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 03:43 AM

50% off 10 deal is over I think.

 

It makes no mention of it when you do one disc on the PC...  (Which is going to cost them money as I have no desire to use their crap now.)



#6 Cactuar777   Cubs Faithful CAGiversary!   156 Posts   Joined 4.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 05:14 PM

Is the app conversion not working for anyone else? I keep receiving an error message or the app takes a picture before I can even get the barcode in frame.



#7 flix1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1539 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 27 March 2017 - 06:57 PM

50% off 10 deal is over I think.

Also, after three years they finally realized there was a glitch with the VUDU2GO app allowing you to get HDX versions of dvds for only $2, it's sadly been fixed.

Did this just end? It was still 50% off 10 when I did D2D last week.

#8 Pericynthion   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   75 Posts   Joined 5.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:30 PM

Is the app conversion not working for anyone else? I keep receiving an error message or the app takes a picture before I can even get the barcode in frame.


I might be just really unlucky, but I haven't had the IOS app match a single barcode I have tried.


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#9 elessar123  

Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:51 PM

I've had it match only the HP DVDs and the Men in Tights DVD.


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#10 Gurren Lagann   Who Da Hell Do You Think I Am CAGiversary!   2255 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:10 PM

I've tried 2 titles and nada they were Carlitos Way and Scarface

edit:tried again just now and worked perfectly i did Carlitos Way and Hustle n Flow two classics.
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#11 eulogywerd21   Jesus wept CAGiversary!   2949 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:54 PM

I've had some luck with, ahem, images of barcodes on the web. So, ya know.


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#12 Navigator2001Plus  

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:17 AM

I've had some luck with, ahem, images of barcodes on the web. So, ya know.

 

Yeah, all you need is to know the UPC number, and then find a barcode generator site...


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#13 elessar123  

Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:24 PM

eBay totally doesn't have UPCs, and tec-it's generator definitely doesn't work.


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#14 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   8281 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:16 PM

I'm not sure if we want this posted or not, but here is the list of titles that might work with this new feature:

 

https://docs.google....G3k0/edit#gid=0

 

As for the question of UHD, I can report back on my results after I get home tonight. :)

I tested with the only two 4K Blu-rays that I know should be recognized (Lucy and Watchmen:  The Ultimate Cut) and neither were recognized.  I tried a few regular Blu-rays and same thing.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 11:41 PM

Thanks for the heads up, OP. I loaded up the app and it informed me that my first conversion was free (not sure if it's because I've never done one with physical discs either). So, I was able to scan my DVD of Heat and upgrade it to the HDX version for free. I tried adding 10 more DVDs after that just to see if the 50% discount would kick in, but yeah...that seems to be long gone (or at least not part of the app).

 

For anybody needing a good upc website though, this one works great. You can just search by name and it pulls up the upc for you. Very easy.

http://www.upcitemdb.com/



#16 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   4793 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 02:48 PM

Did this just end? It was still 50% off 10 when I did D2D last week.

They (finally) replied to my service response yesterday saying that as of 23rd of March the 50% off deal was done and dead.  I really wish they would have given some sort of notice.  Allot of stuff I would have done if I had known...  Now its down to very few things I would do so they've lost money.  (At least from me.)

 

The other thing I don't understand...  Why did they get rid of the search function on their website?  That seemed like rather pertinent information to me.



#17 flix1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1539 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 31 March 2017 - 03:31 PM

They (finally) replied to my service response yesterday saying that as of 23rd of March the 50% off deal was done and dead. I really wish they would have given some sort of notice. Allot of stuff I would have done if I had known... Now its down to very few things I would do so they've lost money. (At least from me.)

The other thing I don't understand... Why did they get rid of the search function on their website? That seemed like rather pertinent information to me.

I noticed it was gone when I checked again this week. It sucks, but it was originally supposed to be gone years ago, so I can't really complain because of my own procrastination.

I expect they will bring it back as limited time offers from time to time when they see the impact the cost increase has on usage.

#18 Navigator2001Plus  

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 01:37 AM

The other thing I don't understand...  Why did they get rid of the search function on their website?  That seemed like rather pertinent information to me.

 

I'm not really sure what you mean here. I still see a search bar on the Vudu site.


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#19 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   4793 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:34 AM

I'm not really sure what you mean here. I still see a search bar on the Vudu site.

Your right!  I was on the site the day they changed it over and it was missing...  Glad to see they got it fixed. :)

 

Edit: Or maybe I'm blind... but I'm pretty sure it was missing.



#20 BudzMcGee   Clearance Bin Review CAGiversary!   3643 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:39 PM

Your right!  I was on the site the day they changed it over and it was missing...  Glad to see they got it fixed. :)

 

Edit: Or maybe I'm blind... but I'm pretty sure it was missing.

 

You're not crazy, the search bar was gone for a while. 

 

So this is a mixed bag. Losing the 50% discount sucks. It was an awesome deal (especially combined with the glitch that let you get HD copies from DVDs).  Yes, you can scan barcodes you find, but not all work. 

 

What's nice though is that I've found a handful of titles, like Dark Skies and Attack the Block, which never worked now do. Since I converted so many before when the 50% off existed, this feels almost like getting the remainders I couldn't before. With that mind-frame I don't mind the extra $1 for some of these titles. Helps I'm using promo credits (mostly from Cafe Breaks) anyway. 

 

I also highly recommend using a title that doesn't have a blu-ray, meaning the only option is the $5 HD conversion, for your freebie. I grabbed Thank you for Smoking as a title I've always wanted but there was no blu-ray to convert from so it cost $5 to do. 


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#21 WWF   Games Jandolfini & Bobby Balaklava CAGiversary!   549 Posts   Joined 4.8 Years Ago  

Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:34 PM

Not to derail, but what's the point of services like this vs. ripping your bluray or buying one cheap from a pawn shop or FYE?

I had always assumed after the big hullabaloo of iTunes dropping DRM from its songs, "the death of drm" as tech sites put it, and the fact that no one talks about drm anymore or makes drm cracking software anymore or TGMPEG type software anymore, that iTunes and services like that got rid of DRM for everything. Meaning you'd buy a movie on iTunes for $15, and then could burn a DVD or a BDR or convert it to fit on your iPads aspect ratio, or convert it to AVI to play on Xbox, etc.

Turns out, DRM is alive and well for videos. You can only watch an iTunes movie on an iTunes running device, only a PS Store movie on a PlayStation device, MS Store on Xbox Zune Nokia or WMP.

$5 seems like a lot of money to buy a digital video you can only stream from one service that may go out of business someday, might not have an app on your console or TV streaming puck of choice someday, that you can't burn or alter in any way. Essentially it's like paying Netflix $5 per movie to never have it "going away next month"?

A lot of Blurays I bought have UV codes in them, and I never bothered. Is it worth it?

#22 elessar123  

Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:10 PM

It's $2. The $5 is upgrading to HD from DVD.

And it's accessible anywhere at any time, unlike ripping it yourself and then having to encode it. I can turn on something at work whenever I want, or when I'm out of town.

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#23 flix1   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1539 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 09 April 2017 - 11:12 PM

Not to derail, but what's the point of services like this vs. ripping your bluray or buying one cheap from a pawn shop or FYE?

I had always assumed after the big hullabaloo of iTunes dropping DRM from its songs, "the death of drm" as tech sites put it, and the fact that no one talks about drm anymore or makes drm cracking software anymore or TGMPEG type software anymore, that iTunes and services like that got rid of DRM for everything. Meaning you'd buy a movie on iTunes for $15, and then could burn a DVD or a BDR or convert it to fit on your iPads aspect ratio, or convert it to AVI to play on Xbox, etc.

Turns out, DRM is alive and well for videos. You can only watch an iTunes movie on an iTunes running device, only a PS Store movie on a PlayStation device, MS Store on Xbox Zune Nokia or WMP.

$5 seems like a lot of money to buy a digital video you can only stream from one service that may go out of business someday, might not have an app on your console or TV streaming puck of choice someday, that you can't burn or alter in any way. Essentially it's like paying Netflix $5 per movie to never have it "going away next month"?

A lot of Blurays I bought have UV codes in them, and I never bothered. Is it worth it?

While the blu-ray would be the best quality, UV makes it so easily accessible.  UV copies can be watched using a number of services on devices like Roku, Android phone/tablet, iPhone, PS3/4, PC ... even directly on many internet connected Smart TVs.

 

If you are the only user, then the benefit may be negligible.

 

Personally, before I got Netflix recently, I watched my UV TV shows on the train every day on my Android tablet.  Like sharing your Netflix account, you can have multiple services accessing your UV content and be logged in from a number of different devices.  My kids, some who live at home and some that don't, watch movies and shows from my UV account on their devices.  Those who are not at home would not have access to this content otherwise.  You can share you UV account with 4 other people.

 

I rented a vacation home recently that had a home theater room.  I brought a couple discs with me, but hauling more than a couple discs halfway across the country was not feasible.  When I arrived, I found that the home theater had an internet connected smart Blu-ray player and I was able to login to my UV account on Vudu, giving me access to my entire digital collection.  Sure, I could have logged into Netflix, but I wanted to watch stuff from my collection.



#24 Navigator2001Plus  

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:15 AM

A lot of Blurays I bought have UV codes in them, and I never bothered. Is it worth it?

 

I never used to bother with them either until my wife started a Vudu account to redeem them, and now we have over 200 movies in our UV library and personally I love the convenience of being able to scroll through our collection to watch movies without having to find the Blu-ray. I've also done a lot of $2 conversions and bought codes from people here for cheap when it's a movie I want to see again but am not so crazy about that I want to pay full price to own it on disc (unlike the Marvel movies and Pixar/Disney stuff where I always get the steelbooks on day one).


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:26 AM

Huh. Doesn't sound half bad. Strange to hear they allow multi users when most digital services seem to wanna clamp down unnecessarily.

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 01:02 PM

Huh. Doesn't sound half bad. Strange to hear they allow multi users when most digital services seem to wanna clamp down unnecessarily.

While Ultraviolet is a service in the most basic form, it is purely a repository for your UV library. It does not directly support streaming and you do not purchase anything directly from UV. You can share the library, but each user is supposed to have their own account with the streaming services like Vudu, Flixster, CinemaNow or FandangoNow ... which links to the UV account.

When your share the UV account, they login to UV with their own email, not yours.

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:32 PM

I've only used VUDU/other codes when they've come with my movies but how does a digital purchase go if you buy a movie from any place like itunes, Amazon, etc when it concerns extras? Like special features, do you get them too or is that the drawback of digital sales, no extras? After years I'm starting to break and considering going all digital in the future sometime but curious how they handle extras/special features when it comes to that. Thinking about it because the idea of having my own home media streaming has recently started to sound more appealing with the way tech has changed in the last few years.


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#28 Navigator2001Plus  

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 06:06 AM

There's no one answer to that, because some have extras, and some don't. Sometimes there will be separate listings for just the movie and "movie + bonus features". Some of my movies redeemed through Vudu got bonus features way after the fact, and have been updated with "Vudu extras" which they didn't have to begin with. Just depends on the movie and you'd have to check for each one.

 

I can say that Disney's stable of various brands are always pretty good about including all the bonus features though.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:46 PM

I've only used VUDU/other codes when they've come with my movies but how does a digital purchase go if you buy a movie from any place like itunes, Amazon, etc when it concerns extras? Like special features, do you get them too or is that the drawback of digital sales, no extras? After years I'm starting to break and considering going all digital in the future sometime but curious how they handle extras/special features when it comes to that. Thinking about it because the idea of having my own home media streaming has recently started to sound more appealing with the way tech has changed in the last few years.

It varies. Vudu often has versions of the digital copies that come with some special features but special features are almost always site specific, i.e. while you may purchase a UV copy of Deadpool from Vudu that you can watch on FandangoNow, Flixter, etc., the special features can only be watched on Vudu. 

 

I was reluctant to switch to digital for a long time, and there are some drawbacks, but it has allowed me to put together a massive digital library of movies (over 1,300 now) that I would not want cluttering my house. I basically only keep physical copies of movies I absolutely love and want to own (Marvel, Star Wars, etc) and ones that I don't have digital copies for (and digital copies are overly expensive). Since I'm lucky enough to live in a place with fiber optic internet, I get HD quality video when streaming too. 

 

On Vudu you can easily share access to your UV library too with I think 5 other people. Basically they all have their own Vudu account and log-ins but you all share the same library. This goes so far as if they buy a UV movie on their account you can see it too. I share my library with my dad and a group of friends. I believe you can have up to three streams per UV content as well, even from the same account. 

 

Vudu also is linked with Disney Movies Anywhere, so your digital copies of Disney movies will also show up on Vudu once linked with DMA, but only your Vudu account can see it (unlike UV movies). 

 

As far as D2D goes, I basically cleaned out my old DVD collection, all but about a dozen or so, by converting them to digital (back when converting over 10 meant you got them for half price and there was a glitch to get HD copies from DVD's for only $1). 

 

You can also download UV content which is nice. Any time I fly I usually download a handful of movies to my tablet so I can choose what I want to watch on the plane. 

 

Just to note, Vudu constantly gives away Vudu credit on DVD's and such in store (by which I mean Walmart). You can find codes usually about half off on eBay too. Just note that there are some limitations on how many codes (with the same first 4 letters) you can redeem.

 

Oh and for those of you who don't redeem your digital copies, you can usually get $5-$10 per movie (depending on the movie of course) if you sell those off. I do the opposite a lot, buy a movie, redeem the code and sell the disc for a buck or two less than I paid for it to someone who doesn't care about digital. 


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:09 PM

I've only used VUDU/other codes when they've come with my movies but how does a digital purchase go if you buy a movie from any place like itunes, Amazon, etc when it concerns extras? Like special features, do you get them too or is that the drawback of digital sales, no extras? After years I'm starting to break and considering going all digital in the future sometime but curious how they handle extras/special features when it comes to that. Thinking about it because the idea of having my own home media streaming has recently started to sound more appealing with the way tech has changed in the last few years.

I'll try not to repeat what has already been stated.

 

UV copies are added to the your UV library, but special features are service specific thus they are limited to viewing through that service only and are NOT added to your UV library.  There is usually more than 1 way to redeem your digital code.  You can often redeem through the studio's site, or use Vudu / Flixster / Fandango Now.

 

Some digital copy codes, like from 20th Century Fox, offer the ability to redeem in UV OR iTunes.  iTunes is limited to iTunes / iPhone / Apple TV / PC viewing, though redemption through iTunes often includes some type of special features.  I prefer UV, but I work for an Apple competitor, so I'm a bit biased.

 

HBO digital copy codes have historically allowed redemption in UV, iTunes AND Google Play.

 

Disney is a bit of an anomaly as well.  You MUST redeem Disney codes through their site ... but they allow you to link their service to Vudu, iTunes, Google Play AND Amazon.  So, with a single digital redemption, you can have your Disney movie available on every available service out there.

 

Interestingly, Sony has had a few Unrated blu-rays that the UV digital code redemption through Sony's site would net you both the Rated and Unrated versions in your UV library (Total Recall - new one and Advent Children Complete are 2 that I recall).

 

Aside from digital copy codes ... If you purchase a movie or show from a service's site, say Vudu, and the purchase includes bonus features ... if the movie/show is UV compatible, it would be added to your UV library, but same as above, the features would only be able to be watched via Vudu.