Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blu-Ray Digital Copy

I don't know about you folks but I love to watch movies on Blu-Ray. I like the cool blue cases and high quality sound. We have a near antique 42" Sony WEGA 3LCD that looks good in high definition but I can tell that it's holding us back. However after hours of research I know that right now is not the best time to buy a new TV. Sure, prices are lower than ever but new 3D technology is just around the corner and I don't want to buy in at the wrong time. Either way movies in high definition are fantastic and fun to collect.

I have to be honest, I consider myself to be a movie connoisseur and have a collection of over 500 DVD and Blu-Ray movies. Valentines day just passed and I bought a copy of Couples Retreat on Blu-Ray for my wife. She really enjoyed the movie in the theatre, and I knew that all the beautiful scenes in Bora Bora would look excellent in high definition. Couples Retreat is the first disc we've owned that has the "Digital Copy" feature. The box describes the Digital Copy as "simple, fast and portable. Just transfer the included file to your iPod, Mac or PC and experience Couples Retreat anywhere, anytime!" Wow they make it sound so great, how could you not want a digital copy?

What they don't tell you is that when you put the extra DVD disc into your computer you are greeted by software that requires you to enter a unique code (included on a slip of paper in the movie case) to access the copy. Once you enter the code you have to choose to copy it with iTunes or Windows Media player (WMP). They do not give you the ability to copy the movie file onto your computer to copy to any device you want. What if you don't have an iPod or hate iTunes? What if you don't run Windows or hate WMP? Your screwedthat's what! I run Linux and don't have an iPod... so I might as well throw the digital copy DVD in the garbage. The even funnier thing is that you are only able to copy the movie 5 times and the unlock code expires 12 months after the movie release. Now I understand that different companies support different file types and aren't always this restrictive but I think they shouldn't hide the lack of compatibility.

In the long run this situation isn't a big deal. It's going to be trickier to get a copy of Couples Retreat onto my PSP for portable movie watching but that's ok as I've always enjoyed a challenge.


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