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Seagate joins iTunes competitor UltraViolet – movies in the cloud

Posted at 05 November 2012 17:07 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

While the internet grows and download speeds increase the popularity of online music and video grows too. One popular service to get your music and video from is Apple iTunes but there is also an alternative for non Apple users. Seagate announced that it has joined the organisation DECE that’s behind an online service called UltraViolet which makes movies and TV shows available ’in the cloud’.

This way you can watch them everywhere and on every device. The service can also send you a disc if you purchase a digital download or if you decide to stream their content. And if you purchase a disc you will get access to the online version. UltraViolet also makes it possible to transfer the content to other devices and also allows offline viewing, even in HD.

The service is currently only available in the US, UK and Canada and backed by Hollywood studios like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Paramount, BBC Worldwide, Lionsgate,  ISPs like Comcast, Cox and Rogers and large electronics companies like LG, IBM, Panasonic, Phililips Samsung and Sony and now also by HDD manufacturer Seagate.

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Kerry56
Administrator
Posted on: 05 Nov 12 22:48
    Unfortunately, UltraViolet has restrictive DRM, requires that you join Flixter, restricts the number of devices you can use, and the quality of the downloaded video is nowhere near what you can make for yourself going from original dvds or blu ray.

    Netflix pulled out, and Apple isn't part of this as you've pointed out. And that alone makes the Ultraviolet movies unplayable on a huge number of portable devices.
    TSJnachos117
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 06 Nov 12 02:39
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Kerry56
      Unfortunately, UltraViolet has restrictive DRM, requires that you join Flixter, restricts the number of devices you can use, and the quality of the downloaded video is nowhere near what you can make for yourself going from original dvds or blu ray.

      Netflix pulled out, and Apple isn't part of this as you've pointed out. And that alone makes the Ultraviolet movies unplayable on a huge number of portable devices.
      Funny, I was just going to point out that if all these media giants, especially Sony, like this service so much, it MUST be bogged down in DRM. Can you say "rip-off"?

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