Digital movie services like Ultra-Violet are generally accepted as terrible. But last year, a new service pioneered by Disney called Digital Copy Plus began letting you redeem the digital copy of your movie from your DVD or Blu-Ray purchase, by adding it to your Google Play Movies (or EzyFlix or iTunes) library.
It started back with Iron Man 3 in Australia, but well, it’s been a while since I bought a physical copy of a movie and the first video I noticed this on was Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released this week. It’s available on a wide selection of movies released from a number of studios – all under the Walt Disney banner. According to the FAQ on their site :
The process to redeem a movie is fairly simple, inside your movie packaging, you will find a voucher with a unique code (yes it’s been blanked).
Then head over to the DigitalCopyPlus website and enter your code. Once your valid code is entered, you’ll be asked to select either iTunes, Google Play or EzyFlix. We obviously went with Google Play and from there it takes you to Google Play and you simply add the movie to your library, from where you can start playing.
I like this, I like this a lot. I prefer to own movies, although an all you can eat streaming service from Google Play wouldn’t go astray. After divesting myself of over 1500 physical DVD movies, I’ve gone digtial, but occasionally I grab a physical copy and with Digital Copy Plus I can have the best of both worlds. The bonus of this setup is obviously with Google Play Movies & TV, you can take your movies with you anywhere then use Chromecast.
I just hope that you will one day be able to get the Special Features included on the physical media as part of your digital copy included, but till then, I guess I keep buying DVDs.
Have you used Ultra-Violet or Digital Copy Plus to redeem a digital movie?