Obviously we live in a digital world. Our books are being bought through our tablets straight to our digital library. Our movies are being bought through Ultraviolet and being placed in a digital collection. Music has almost nearly become all digital through iTunes and Google Play Music. And is it a good thing?
I’ve been extremely torn on my view of the digital world that we’re coming to. When people tell me that they buy their movies online for their digital collections, I ask them, “what about hard copy?” They just tell me that they don’t use them anymore, and that disc cases take up space in the house. Before just recently, I didn’t know much about digital films.
I use Ultraviolet, but I only have two movies on it. Mostly because I’m not into spending a lot of money on films. I usually only buy movies that I saw in theatres, unless I rented it and loved it. But more and more, I’m looking towards digitalizing my film collection. Why? Sometimes I enjoy just sitting down with my Microsoft Surface (I advertised can I get paid now?) and relax with a good film or TV show. I use Hulu for my television, and I haven’t gotten Netflix on my Surface quite yet. But I do like having a hard copy, not only to solidify my physical ownership of the movie, but to have a safe backup if anything were to happen to that digital library.
Now I did look at the FAQ and Terms of Ultraviolet, and the service is much better than expected. Like they should, they also want to solidify your ownership of the movie, and even will offer you a hard copy of the film you buy online, free of charge, to make sure you have the film on hand. Not only that, but if your provider (say VUDU or Flixster) were to discontinue their services, your files are not affected and another service is likely to offer you the backup for those files. Even if that were to happen, you can download the files onto your mobile device and even download it onto a disc, SD, or USB, to have multiple copies. You can do that at anytime and you are not limited. Why? UV understands that the movie is yours.
Now everyone knows what Ultraviolet is, most movies now are coming with Ultraviolet, unless you buy simply a DVD. But they even let you download that onto your collection for free (depending on what service you have). Ultraviolet is taking digital in the right direction in m opinion. They understand that hard copies are important to many people, and give them free access to do what they want with the file that they bought. They make sure that other services are there to protect you if your service happens to just discontinue its service or shutdown. This is the way digital should be done, and UV is doing it right. Many people like myself were afraid to go digital, for fear of not having true ownership of the content, and for fear of it being lost and irretrievable. I can take multiple precautions to protect my films and TV shows bought through my service (I use Flixster) to make sure I never lose the product I paid money for. As we’re moving into a more digitalized world, I hope that it’s done the way UV is doing it with entertainment. Digital ownership is a tough thing. Streaming is easy, you pay for the service and own nothing. But when you buy something, you want to keep it, and doing that digitally can be a challenging thing. While I think hard copies are still the best way to go, I can trust UV with my content, to make sure that it is always mine.