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Old 02-17-10, 07:13 PM
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Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

I could not find any other threads on the subject on DVD Talk.

I was not aware that these things expire. I've never even activated one, but I might if they will soon become only useful as coasters.

Nicely compiled list with dates and which ones are already expired can be found HERE
Old 02-17-10, 07:20 PM
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

ive known about them expiring for a while. ive heard u can contact the distributor and explain that you didnt know it expired, or already expired after purchase and they would give u a new code? not sure how true it is, but it might be worth trying.

btw, thanks for posting that list, i see i have a few that have already expired or expiring real soon.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

My Dark Knight code still seems to work, but I don't get how to download the digital copy to the HD. That's for the Windows Media Player version though. I have read iTunes is more enforcing with the dates.

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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

It's been said before and it'll be said again, but this just solidifies the fact that a digital copy is not a "special feature." It may be a "bonus" to some, but it's not a feature. Since when do special features expire?

From Wikipedia: "To limit the number of free digital copies, the disc typically comes with a single-use code to authenticate a computer over the internet."

Digital copies are simply included to dissuade people from ripping copies for friends, sharing via P2P or newsgroups, etc. and the studios have found a way to bilk people into believing they're getting something extra.

I can't wait until digital copies go the way of DIVX disposable discs...
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Maybe I'm in the minority but I throw them on the comp the day I buy them
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

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Maybe I'm in the minority but I throw them on the comp the day I buy them
Many sell them on eBay.

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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Originally Posted by bd...? View Post
Maybe I'm in the minority but I throw them on the comp the day I buy them
I did that at first, but then I ended up with about 20 GB worth of digital copies that I'm probably never going to watch anyway, so now I just don't even bother with them.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Originally Posted by bd...? View Post
Maybe I'm in the minority but I throw them on the comp the day I buy them
Me too. I've got plenty of free space on my comp, so I just rip all of them on there. Plus, I change up the movies on my iPhone frequently, so it helps to have a varied selection.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Slightly off topic.. I used the code on Star Trek day one Just to see if it worked because..
when I tried the code for Dark Knight way back when it was new, they wanted to charge me $1.99 and I had to sign up for their distribution system.
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Kudos to Disney. They have extended the expiration dates of their digital copies to 24 months after release: http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/di...le/movies.html
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

I picked up a used Clone Wars blu from Gohastings recently, and got the "expired" notice when I tried to transfer the digitial copy to my computer. That was the first I had heard about digital copies expiring. Pretty bush league as far as I am concerned.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

This is stupid to me and part of why I don't like digital copies. I now have a bunch of useless discs. What a waste of good materials that could be used to make something actually worthwhile.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

I have never "activated" a DC on my comp nor do I see myself doing so anytime. However I was unaware that they expire although now it pisses me off that they do, it makes no sense to me.

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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal View Post
Me too. I've got plenty of free space on my comp, so I just rip all of them on there. Plus, I change up the movies on my iPhone frequently, so it helps to have a varied selection.
Ditto. I'm always on my comp when not doing anything important or which necessitates me to be on it. Just a couples a clicks and BAM...movie right there.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

This is why I prefer DVDs instead of digital copies. I can rip them to any device I want, and they never expire.
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Digital copy lol
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Digital copies, especially on Bluray versions, are not very useful to me. I mean, I spent extra to get a high-def version of the film. Most films I can only watch every so often, and I'm not going to waste a viewing watching the movie on my laptop/ipod for a film I've paid extra to have on Bluray.

Sure, it only takes a moment to transfer it over, and I've got plenty of free space, but seriously - I'm never going to watch a digital version of Valkyrie.
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I never use the digital copies myself. I pass the copy on to my roommate, and then take the disc back.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

I don't understand the reason for the codes and such. I just popped in my Dark Knight digital copy disk, went right to the folder on it with the WMV files and copied them to my hard drive and they play fine.
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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

This doesn't really have to do with the topic, but I don't want to start a thread just to mention this. I was in an Ingles grocery store the other day, tons of them here in the south east, and there on their used DVD shelf they had DVD cases with handwritten covers saying what the title was and all of that. But it wasn't DVDs...it was just digital copy codes in the cases, and they were asking $7.99 for them.
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My Dark Knight code still seems to work, but I don't get how to download the digital copy to the HD. That's for the Windows Media Player version though. I have read iTunes is more enforcing with the dates.
Yep. The expiration date for The Dark Knight is supposedly 12/09/2009, but I just downloaded the digital copy into iTunes on my PC today, and it works just fine.

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Anyone have issues with the digital copy from the Batman digibook (or whatever those awful things are called)? I tried to redeem mine the other day in Itunes and the code comes up as invalid.
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Yep. The expiration date for The Dark Knight is supposedly 12/09/2009, but I just downloaded the digital copy into iTunes on my PC today, and it works just fine.
Just a follow-up on my own experimentation with Warner Bros. digital copies. I also successfully downloaded the digital copy from Star Wars: The Clone Wars today, which was supposed to have expired 11/11/2009.

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Re: Check your Digital Copies to see if they've expired

Originally Posted by Brent L View Post
This doesn't really have to do with the topic, but I don't want to start a thread just to mention this. I was in an Ingles grocery store the other day, tons of them here in the south east, and there on their used DVD shelf they had DVD cases with handwritten covers saying what the title was and all of that. But it wasn't DVDs...it was just digital copy codes in the cases, and they were asking $7.99 for them.
Haha, I actually saw those at work yesterday. They were only $2.99 each. That may just be my store though.

But yeah, I personally find digital copies to be useless.
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But yeah, I personally find digital copies to be useless.
If you have a portable media device and commute a reasonably long distance using public transportation, you might feel differently.

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