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Old 03-03-10, 03:33 PM
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Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

This has more to do with the Digital Copy in some of the new Blu-Ray's. I have also seen them in DVDS.

Does anyone really use them? You have to put in a code, join a site, this and that and this and that and this and that. By the time your done you could have watched the movie and not get all kinds of junk emails/mail.

I did just one movie and it took me a very long time just to get it to start. In the end I just watched the real Blu-Ray (I do not own any on DVDs)

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Old 03-03-10, 04:03 PM
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

If you have an iTunes account (which anyone with an iPod will), all you have to do is put the disc in your computer. It will automatically pull up the correct iTunes page. Then just enter the code from the packaging, and the movie will download in a couple minutes. Not really that complicated.

Digital Copies are very useful for those of us with long commutes by public transportation, or those who do a lot of travelling.
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

As Josh said, it's not that complicated. I never look for them but if there's one included on a blu-ray or DVD, I'll toss on my iPod Touch. I fly once a month, so it gives me something to watch.
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Old 03-03-10, 07:03 PM
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

It's weird that this has never been discussed before.
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Old 03-03-10, 08:59 PM
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It's weird that this has never been discussed before.

Ya, I do not own a Ipod. I have the Chocolate Touch and a Scandisk I am good to go there.

I do like when they give you the DVD at the sametime they sell you the Blu-Ray. I see it as this, even when I did not have a Blu-Ray I would pay more to get the double disk set.

Still I have many D.C. copies and I never use them.
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

Similar thread going in HD talk

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hd-talk/569...e-expired.html
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I'm beginning to enjoy the digital copies that are iTunes compatible. Very useful during long commutes!
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I have the Chocolate Touch
I think you mean a chocolate Zune. The Touch is an iPod.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
I think you mean a chocolate Zune. The Touch is an iPod.


I have the LG Chocolate Touch Cell Phone, its a Cell and a MP3 player.
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Old 03-04-10, 11:18 AM
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Digital Copy is a 5 cent excuse for the studios to tack an extra $5-10 on the MSRP. Did you ever notice how the price of a movie plummets once the digital copy has expired? I personally never used a digital copy, but the studios should save the planet and stop including them, or include with a download link and ditch the extra disc.
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

Originally Posted by MoviePhanatic00 View Post
Digital Copy is a 5 cent excuse for the studios to tack an extra $5-10 on the MSRP. Did you ever notice how the price of a movie plummets once the digital copy has expired? I personally never used a digital copy, but the studios should save the planet and stop including them, or include with a download link and ditch the extra disc.
I agree, but it all comes down to money. I'm sure the studios have figured out that people will pay the premium for the perceived value of 'an extra disc', and it will likely never change.
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Old 03-04-10, 12:57 PM
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

I havent used any of them, the first digital copy I got I did want to try so I could have that movie on my computer, I typed in the code and did everything then it said to claim my digital copy it would only cost 2.99. So I took out the disc I didnt want to pay 3 bucks for something I already paid 20 for! I havent tryed one since but I wouldnt put a movie on my ipod anyways.
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Old 03-04-10, 01:21 PM
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Digital Copies is the worst gimmick the studios has EVER come up with... to make more money. I HATE the studios for being so greedy.

I really try to avoid them at all cost. And cost is what itīs all about. They should be free with the media one already has paid dearly for. I rather buy a given movie from another region instead of this ridiculous venture.

I also hate the studios for cheating out DVD buyers from getting the Exclusive Extras Features thatīs on Blu-rays.
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

I like the idea of digital copies and have used them. The only problem I see is often they include a poor version that is ok for a ipod or zune but poor for a PC. If you wanted to make a digital library you probably wouldn't want to use the digital copy they provided.

On cost I don't see it as a issue. I only by movies on sell and haven't really paid extra for the digital copy.
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

I don't go out of my way to acquire them, but I figure if they're included with my purchase I may as well download them. Until recently, every one that I had was iTunes compatible. Pop in the disc, enter the code, voila. Quick, painless, easy. Then I bought Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. I spent over two hours (!) installing the WB Digital Content media player and trying to get three different programs up-to-date (Windows Media Player, Adobe Air and Adobe) just so I could download that digital copy. I still have no idea where to actually enter the code!
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Seems to me that they must be making more money due to this practice, otherwise they would stop. We all hate it, but J6P agrees to pay more for special editions and 'bonus' discs.

So perhaps they aren't slitting their own throats, but just doing their job?
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

All we need is the fan boy reference and this thread is complete...
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Old 03-05-10, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by MoviePhanatic00 View Post
Digital Copy is a 5 cent excuse for the studios to tack an extra $5-10 on the MSRP. Did you ever notice how the price of a movie plummets once the digital copy has expired? I personally never used a digital copy, but the studios should save the planet and stop including them, or include with a download link and ditch the extra disc.
My digital copy for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince BD came precisely this way. No extra disc. Just a website to go to, which redirects you to iTunes to redeem the code.

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....You have to PAY to get the friggin' digital copy?!?
I've heard of people being told they had to pay, but I have never encountered this. It's possible that those rare instances were due to the owner trying to download after the expiration date of the DC code, or possibly within the first day of release (when codes sometimes aren't properly set up with the e-vendor's site). I can't say I recall ever reading a post anywhere that actually named the title in dispute, along with its release date, expiration date and date of download attempt.

The larger complaint seems to feel that studios tack on the cost of the digital copy to the up-front price of the DVD or Blu-ray. They want the DC's out of the equation entirely, thinking it will lower the cost of the DVD/BD. I know that studios have charged more for DC-inclusive releases, but it's a bit misleading to think that's the only cause for the higher price since DC's are generally only found on deluxe editions that include more on-disc bonus content.
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Old 03-05-10, 03:26 PM
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Re: Digital Copy in DVD & Blu-Ray's

When Warner was first rolling out digital copies in 2008, they had some two-disc editions and Blu-ray discs with stickers that said "Bonus Digital Copy," and some single-disc editions with stickers that said "Get a Digital Copy." I'd read quickly and assumed they were the same, but the second was the one you had to go to a site and pay for. I think Get Smart and Kit Kittredge were like this.

I don't recall seeing this lately so maybe they stopped. It was misleading if you weren't paying close attention.
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When Warner was first rolling out digital copies in 2008, they had some two-disc editions and Blu-ray discs with stickers that said "Bonus Digital Copy," and some single-disc editions with stickers that said "Get a Digital Copy." I'd read quickly and assumed they were the same, but the second was the one you had to go to a site and pay for. I think Get Smart and Kit Kittredge were like this.

I don't recall seeing this lately so maybe they stopped. It was misleading if you weren't paying close attention.
Get Smart and Kit Kittredge had free digital copies. You didn't pay extra for them. Matter of fact, if it comes with the disc then you don't pay extra for the privilege of owning a digital copy.

It's just that Warner is one of those companies who figures that customer confusion is the best way to market titles.

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, Terminator: Salvation, and The Final Destination shipped in two flavors at the same time:

A version with digital copy (in the case of The Final Destination with a 3D version of the film as well) and another version without the digital copy (or the 3D version for The Final Destination).

Customers have had to exchange titles at various outlets due to the fact that they were expecting to buy a specific package or receive one at their door, only to find they got the lower end deal.

Terminator: Salvation caused a headache for Amazon.com since they sold it for $17.99 and customers could end up with either version for that price.

Warner has also done this with Body of Lies, Speed Racer, and 300:The Complete Experience (BD).

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Old 03-06-10, 10:59 AM
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Get Smart and Kit Kittredge had free digital copies. You didn't pay extra for them. Matter of fact, if it comes with the disc then you don't pay extra for the privilege of owning a digital copy.
Get Smart had free digital copies with the Blu-ray and the two-disc DVD, but I don't think it was with the single-disc DVD. Kit Kittredge had a free copy with the Blu-ray but I don't think it had one with the DVD (which was a single disc).

And yes, it's free if it's with the disc. A lot of these Warner titles have had it on their two-disc editions that way.

And I totally agree that the new maybe-you-get-it-or-maybe-not system is completely asinine.
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I used my My Bloody Valentine. I like the digital copy. Buying movies off iTunes is expensive.
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I don't go out of my way to acquire them, but I figure if they're included with my purchase I may as well download them. Until recently, every one that I had was iTunes compatible. Pop in the disc, enter the code, voila. Quick, painless, easy. Then I bought Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. I spent over two hours (!) installing the WB Digital Content media player and trying to get three different programs up-to-date (Windows Media Player, Adobe Air and Adobe) just so I could download that digital copy. I still have no idea where to actually enter the code!
I'm using the WB downloader right now and I agree it's a POS. At least I had the right version of AIR etc. and got the install process started, but it's downloading 21 separate files (this is the Watchmen motion comic) in various stages of completion and the disc is reading reading reading, but I got a pop-up 15 minutes ago saying it was ready to watch. Confusing to say the least. I agree that iTunes' Digital Copy experience is much better.
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I'm using the WB downloader right now and I agree it's a POS. At least I had the right version of AIR etc. and got the install process started, but it's downloading 21 separate files (this is the Watchmen motion comic) in various stages of completion and the disc is reading reading reading, but I got a pop-up 15 minutes ago saying it was ready to watch. Confusing to say the least. I agree that iTunes' Digital Copy experience is much better.
Now I just got another pop-up saying the Portable Copy was available for viewing, even though the disc is still reading and the download manager is still showing status bars in progress. WTF? Maybe they're giving me pop-ups as each chapter is done?

EDIT: Yep, that appears to be exactly what they're doing, notifying by chapter. been going an hour and still working.

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