UltraViolet Digital Film Locker Service Will Shut on July 31, 2019

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UltraViolet Digital Film Locker Service Will Shut on July 31, 2019

Cloud film locker service UltraViolet will formally shut down on July 31, 2019. The Digital Leisure Content material Ecosystem (DECE) introduced the closure late final evening, and can start informing customers of the service’s finish all through as we speak (through Selection).

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Between January 31 and July 31, 2019, customers will be capable to hold accessing their UltraViolet Library, buy new motion pictures, and redeem digital codes. After the shutdown date, all UltraViolet Libraries will routinely shut, however the firm has detailed a means that customers will be capable to proceed accessing their content material.

To do that, UltraViolet is advising customers to log into their accounts and confirm that they’ve one other retailer linked to their UltraViolet Library, which is able to enable them to look at their motion pictures and TV exhibits on one other platform after July 31. Retailers embrace Fandango Now, VUDU, Kaleidescape, Paramount Films, and Verizon Fios.

The corporate implores that customers don’t unlink or shut their UltraViolet Library, as a result of UltraViolet and different retailers will proceed working collectively to “maximize your continued entry to motion pictures and TV exhibits” after the shutdown. The corporate says that “within the majority of instances,” motion pictures and TV exhibits will stay accessible at previously-linked retailers after July 31.

Customers may also be capable to proceed to make on-line purchases and redeem digital codes, however these will solely be obtainable via different retailers and won’t be added to an UltraViolet Library.

DECE president Wendy Aylsworth advised Selection in an unique interview this week that the choice to discontinue Ultraviolet was a response to the evolution of the marketplace for on-line leisure. “{The marketplace} for amassing leisure content material was very small when Ultraviolet began,” she stated. “It was siloed into walled gardens on the time.”

UltraViolet first launched in 2011 and allowed clients to redeem digital variations of movies discovered of their bodily Blu-ray packaging. As of as we speak, UltraViolet has greater than 30 million customers who’ve saved greater than 300 million motion pictures and TV exhibits of their cloud libraries.

UltraViolet had help of each main Hollywood studio besides Disney, and when Disney expanded Films Wherever to different retailers in late 2017, some firms related to UltraViolet converted to Films Wherever. In 2018, 20th Century Fox, Common Photos, and Lionsgate stopped distributing their new releases with UltraViolet help in favor of Films Wherever.

Nonetheless, in line with DECE president Wendy Aylsworth, the choice to finish UltraViolet “does not actually have something to do with Films Wherever.” Finally, the way forward for your entire DECE has but to be determined, however VUDU vp Scott Blanksteen ensured customers that they may be capable to proceed to entry VUDU as regular even after UltraViolet’s shutdown, as a result of VUDU “is not going to be impacted by the discontinuation of the UltraViolet platform.”

Since its launch eight years in the past, Apple by no means allowed direct iTunes help or sync with UltraViolet Libraries. When clients bought Blu-rays or DVDs with digital codes, they’d typically be given the choice of selecting an iTunes-only digital code, or one from UltraViolet.

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