Movies (Almost) Anywhere

I remember clearly when the first UltraViolet (UV) titles launched. I had followed the development of the UV content ecosystem over several years and was excited to finally be able to start building a digital locker where I would be able to access my entire library in the cloud without the hassle of disc based backup to burned discs or […]

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Redbox Signs Warner Bros. for Redbox Instant


Verizon and Redbox have already indicated that they hope to launch their Redbox Instant streaming service in the next couple of months, but other than stating that they plan to focus on movies rather than TV shows, the companies have not said much about the content they plan to offer. That’s beginning to change. Warner Bros. is the first major […]

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UltraViolet Reaches 800,000 Accounts, Averages 1.25 Titles Per Account


UltraViolet, the movie studios’ attempt at establishing a digital media locker system, launched last October. The first studio to support the initiative was Warner Bros., who has run their UltraViolet storefront and account service through Flixster. The “buy once, play anywhere” service got off to a rocky start, but has continued to plug along, perking the interest of Akamai and picking […]

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Akamai Hopes to Make Good on the Promise of UltraViolet

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The movie studios, and Warner Bros. in particular, were counting on UltraViolet to revolutionize movie buying by creating a buy-once-play-everywhere digital content locker system. Unfortunately, since its launch, UltraViolet has mostly served as a pundit punching bag and free advertising for iTunes. Akamai, the content distribution service giant, has decided that perhaps they are the missing ingredient for UltraViolet. Akamai has […]

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Unhappy with UltraViolet? Flixster Suggests iTunes

UltraViolet, Hollywood’s fledgling digital movie locker service, launched a little over month ago, and it wasn’t long before the negative reviews started rolling in. Warner Bros. is UltraViolet’s biggest proponent and the Warner Bros. owned Flixster is the only outlet for UltraViolet content. Warner Bros. and Flixster need a hit to make UltraViolet a success and start turning the tide of […]

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UltraViolet reviewers hate Hollywood’s digital locker

Well, you really didn’t expect them to get it right the first time did you?    Seems the number one complaint was lack of an iPad/iPhone compatible format, which does seem to be a pretty big oversight, though I suspect this could also be a result of the Apple/Hollywood love/hate relationship. Talk about a bad first impression: The first two Blu-ray […]

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UltraViolet Launch Spurs Changes for Warner Bros. and HBO

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We’ve all encountered instances where a movie, seemingly at random, becomes unavailable from the streaming service or digital storefront of our choice, only to return some time later without explanation. There are a variety of different licensing restrictions that could cause this, but one of the most common causes is special set of licensing restrictions that HBO has traditionally held […]

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UltraViolet Digital Locker Now Open for Business

The “buy once, play anywhere” solution which has been hyped about for a few years now has finally oped up its doors for business. Starting tomorrow you will the first movie with UltraViolet, Horrible Bosses. The buy once, play anywhere solution allows up to 6 concurrent users, has support for iOS and Android devices which definitely has some value there. […]

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