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Old 03-13-18, 03:18 PM
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I submitted a code via Sony last night (pre FM MA). It is listed as UV/MA by VUDU. It came into my UV locker but did not port to VUDU or FN.

I submitted a help desk ticket to UV which they did something so the movie does show up on FN when looking at my UV collection BUT..... There is no play option. It still shows the UV logo on it but only has a link to myUV.com.

So I searched the movie directly to see what is there. Love and behold, it shows a MA icon and offers to sell me the movie.

So basically it is in myUV library which FN shows in my movie list but it somehow is different than the version they do allow for playback which is now MA only. Ugh

All I can say is this may make many of our purchases no longer accessible via FN service.
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Just purchased a movie that is listed UV and MA at VUDU and was listed as UV at FandangoNOW prior to FN connecting to MA. The movie now only has a MA icon at FN. The movie is NOT transferring to myUV locker.

This is either an error which they will fix later or it confirms FN only will support UV for non MA titles.

I wonder what will happen now if someone redeems a UV code at FN that FN only lists as MA.
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Just bought Watchmen Ultimate Cut on FandangoNow. No more UV support as well.
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Geezus, another case of a digital provider not thinking things through. There was no requirement that FandangoNow drop UV when they picked up MA. If that was the case VUDU would have dropped UV support when MA launched. I understand UV is going away, but you have to make an exit strategy. This is ridiculous, again this is the digital age, they are supposed to move me away from my discs and all they are doing is making me shake my head and think about stop buying digital. I'll just start building shelves in my movie room, it be a better use of time, lol.
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All of my FandangoNow purchases (there aren't many) seem to have stayed in Vudu, so that's all that I'm worried about.

One thing that I really don't understand - why do people seem to think MA is so much better than UV? No TV titles, no D2D, no family/friends sharing (which I think Vudu killed due to MA). Seriously, what makes MA better?
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Originally Posted by Mikael79
All of my FandangoNow purchases (there aren't many) seem to have stayed in Vudu, so that's all that I'm worried about.

One thing that I really don't understand - why do people seem to think MA is so much better than UV? No TV titles, no D2D, no family/friends sharing (which I think Vudu killed due to MA). Seriously, what makes MA better?
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Originally Posted by Mikael79
All of my FandangoNow purchases (there aren't many) seem to have stayed in Vudu, so that's all that I'm worried about.

One thing that I really don't understand - why do people seem to think MA is so much better than UV? No TV titles, no D2D, no family/friends sharing (which I think Vudu killed due to MA). Seriously, what makes MA better?
Having most of my movies in the same place.
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Originally Posted by majorjoe23
Having most of my movies in the same place.
Unless you bought from MS or Amazon, as stingermck mentioned above, didn't you already have everything within Vudu? All of my Disney movies were linked to Vudu already.
Old 03-14-18, 08:55 AM
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Well, idk if too many people actually think MA is better, but it's pushing UV out and it's what we're stuck with.
The best thing about MA if/when it works, is all of your movies should be available in all participating retailers, regardless of where you bought them. Of, course that only includes MA studios.
Me personally, since I only have 1 Apple TV, and 4 Roku's, now I have more access to a lot of my iTunes movies. This in my opinion is one of the biggest benefits of MA. Apple has always kept their stuff private. No iTunes apps on non-apple devices.

As far as FN dropping UV designation on MA titles, I think it makes good business sense to do so. Its my understanding the retailers have to pay UV/MA rights for a title, why should they pay UV & MA if UV is going away.

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Originally Posted by Mikael79
All of my FandangoNow purchases (there aren't many) seem to have stayed in Vudu, so that's all that I'm worried about.

One thing that I really don't understand - why do people seem to think MA is so much better than UV? No TV titles, no D2D, no family/friends sharing (which I think Vudu killed due to MA). Seriously, what makes MA better?
I'm in the same boat. But I've come to the realization that unless you are an I-Tunes person, then you really don't think MA is better than UV. The only people who really are on board with MA is well...Disney. And with their money, influence and everything else they convinced everybody else that UV was a sinking ship and they provided a raft with a new course. Now the raft is a little leaky but they have a strong captain to steer the ship.

Wow, that analogy went a bit. Point is, I'm not happy with MA either at this point. I feel forced into it (kicking and screaming I might add) and I'm not a fan of what's going on so far. Name be damned, they need TV support, period. D2D/M2D, I'm kinda iffy on, I think its a great thing but I can understand why Vudu is the only one who does it. I guess the only thing I can really do is slow down my digital consumption for now until they get this hopefully ironed out.
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Originally Posted by Mikael79
One thing that I really don't understand - why do people seem to think MA is so much better than UV? No TV titles, no D2D, no family/friends sharing (which I think Vudu killed due to MA). Seriously, what makes MA better?
MA is "better" due to Disney support, and more digital retailer support. It's not just iTunes, but Amazon and Google Play support. Previously, UV was down to two supported stores, FandangoNow and Vudu.

D2D was never a UV thing, but a Vudu thing. Vudu can support D2D for MA titles too.

And family sharing was UV, not Vudu. UV killed it. Others have pointed out that Google has a family sharing feature though, that works with MA titles synced to it.
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Originally Posted by Mikael79
All of my FandangoNow purchases (there aren't many) seem to have stayed in Vudu, so that's all that I'm worried about.

One thing that I really don't understand - why do people seem to think MA is so much better than UV? No TV titles, no D2D, no family/friends sharing (which I think Vudu killed due to MA). Seriously, what makes MA better?
Is D2D directly tied to UV, and do we know it would stop if MA completely replaced UV?

I've never used sharing, and I don't have many TV titles in UV (the percentage of shows that are in UV is much, much smaller than movies), but for me the big deal is having "all" (not all, but the overwhelming percentage) in Vudu, Amazon and Play (I don't really use Itunes). That both gives me flexibility (both in watching, and in buying), and less worry that I might lose my collection if one of the retailers died.

Also, some movies having extras on the Movies Anywhere platform is a nice perk.
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The sharing thing doesn't bother me. I just authorized my brother's and parent's Rokus on my Movies Anywhere account, and they can use the MA app to watch movies..

Originally Posted by Jay G.
D2D was never a UV thing, but a Vudu thing. Vudu can support D2D for MA titles too.
Actually, D2D was also available through Flixtser and CinemaNow.
Old 03-14-18, 09:23 AM
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The sharing thing doesn't bother me. I just authorized my brother's and parent's Rokus on my Movies Anywhere account, and they can use the MA app to watch movies..
There's limits to that though:
https://help.moviesanywhere.com/hc/e...o-at-one-time-
You can concurrently stream your movies and videos from a signed-in Movies Anywhere account on up to four different devices, but you may only stream the same movie on two devices at one time.
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Actually, D2D was also available through Flixtser and CinemaNow.
Both of those services were already dead when I started investing in digital copies. However, it's still true that those were retailer-specific services, not something that was part of UV.
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Originally Posted by Mikael79
Unless you bought from MS or Amazon, as stingermck mentioned above, didn't you already have everything within Vudu? All of my Disney movies were linked to Vudu already.
I had some movies in Amazon, some in iTunes, some in Google Play and some in Vudu. Now I can find them all in one place (and in whichever app I prefer to use).
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What I mentioned earlier is a title redeemed at Sony that came to FandangoNOW via UV yet FN has no way for me watch it. They show it in their listing of my UV titles. If searching the title directly, they offer me the opportunity to buy it to watch it on their service.
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Just redeemed 2 UV/MA codes at VUDU. Both came into FandangoNOW correctly. I don't have FN linked to MA yet. So maybe the other title I mentioned is the issue itself.

The reverse though is concerning as I bought the formally shown as UV at FN that now shows MA ar FN and it did not port to UV. For that I suspect FN is allowing UV/MA incoming from UV but only providing MA the outgoing.
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Just redeemed 2 UV/MA codes at VUDU. Both came into FandangoNOW correctly. I don't have FN linked to MA yet. So maybe the other title I mentioned is the issue itself.

The reverse though is concerning as I bought a title that was formally shown as UV at FN that now shows MA at FN and it did not port to UV. I suspect FN is allowing UV incoming from UV but only providing MA outgoing for titles marked MA only at FN.

This differs from VUDU which has MA, UV, and UV/MA titles. If redeemed or purchased at VUDU it goes all places. Although VUDU will port from incoming UV to MA but not incoming MA to UV.
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Some info from Paul Thurrott:

Microsoft is in Talks to Join Movies Anywhere

As you may know, Microsoft’s Movies & TV service was left out in the cold when Disney expanded Movies Anywhere to include multiple content providers. But that will likely change, I was told.

“Microsoft is committed to delivering rich entertainment experiences to our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson told me. “And we’re in discussions with Movies Anywhere about bringing their service onboard.”

READ MORE: https://www.thurrott.com/music-video...ovies-anywhere
And here's a quote from a recent article at Media Play News:

Movies Anywhere is talking to other digital retailers about joining the service.

“We are in talks with other retailers,” Karin Gilford (Movies Anywhere GM) said. “We’re not ready to announce anyone else, but you can expect additional announcements in the retail space this year.

READ MORE: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/movies...s-fandangonow/

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Originally Posted by Defiant
Is D2D directly tied to UV, and do we know it would stop if MA completely replaced UV?
It's not tied to UV. I just went back and looked at a few Vudu D2D titles I've done in the past few months (My Cousin Vinny, Citizen Kane, Adaptation), and they're in my MA locker now. The Brother's Grimm didn't get added to MA, but that's not an MA title, only UV.

So D2D is a feature due to a partnership between the studios and the retailers (now just Vudu), and the D2D conversions get activated on MA and/or UV depending on the title.
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I have never found a D2D/M2D title that is MA exclusively.

For sure there are titles that are UV and MA.

Does anyone have an example of a MA exclusive title (no UV) that is available D2D/M2D?
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I have never found a D2D/M2D title that is MA exclusively.

For sure there are titles that are UV and MA.

Does anyone have an example of a MA exclusive title (no UV) that is available D2D/M2D?
You'd have to find a studio that wasn't part of UV, but was D2D and is now MA. That simply doesn't exist.

It still remains to be seen whether studios will continue to support D2D after going exclusively MA, but the fact that D2D titles are transferring over to MA shows there's nothing inherent in D2D that prevents it from being used with MA.
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And if UV wasn't required, why does the app on Android require the account be linked to UV?

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I'm pretty sure D2D is tied to UV. If you look at the old D2D graphics, they said that all converted movies were UV.

And this is in the Vudu D2D FAQ:

Why aren't all of my movies available for Disc to Digital conversion?

The studios that support UltraViolet legally clear the titles available for Disc to Digital conversion. Currently there are around 8,000 titles available for conversion, and we expect that number to continually grow over time.
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And if UV wasn't required, why does the app on Android require the account be linked to UV?
I don't think that's done for any technological reason, but because the studios wanted these D2Ds to be "universal" and not tied to the store the conversion was done through. The stores were merely facilitating the conversion. If UV goes away, the studios could merely switch the requirement to having a connected MA account.

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