Blu-ray iTunes Digital Copies Now Redeemable in HD?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Los, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Los
    macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    So I bought the Best Buy Exclusive version of The Hunger Games, and normally I ignore the Digital Copy Version for a while because I make my own digital copies by ripping the Blu-ray and encoding whatever files I need. However, I felt like getting the Digital Copy immediately for some reason and to my surprise, when I redeemed it, it started downloading the HD version!

    Is this the first movie that's doing this at the moment? It's unfortunately downloading in 720p, I didn't realize that it was set up like that in my preferences, but since it's in the Cloud, I'm sure I'll be able to download the 1080p version in future. This is neat. :D
  2. macrumors 68030

    Oct 15, 2008
    It's up to the movie studio which version you will get. It really makes no sense to me why they would force the SD version with Blu-ray purchases though, but most do.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    I got the Blu-ray of The Hunger Games from Amazon and had a choice of Ultra Violet or iTunes. iTunes gave me a 1080p download. Like you, I use makemkv and put the movie on a disk drive attached to my TV.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2010
    The Jaws Blu-ray also comes with an HD Digital Copy.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2007
    Do digital copies require a disc or can I use a purchased code from eBay?
  6. ftaok, Aug 20, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2012

    macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Somebody ought to start a list. Might as well start it and hope someone else picks up.

    1. Game of Thrones
    2. Hunger Games
    2a. Hunger Games (Best Buy exclusive version)
    3. Jaws
    4. True Blood
  7. Los
    thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    I think that's a good idea. I'm also surprised that Game of Thrones has an actual Digital Copy, makes me want to go pick it up.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    HBO is now also releasing their Digital Copies in HD, even re-releasing some older Seasons of shows (True Blood, etc.) that have already been released on BD, with their new HBO Select packaging. They include the BD, DVD, and HD Digital Copies. I really hope all the studios start following suit and start releasing their Digital Copies in HD.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    HD and iTunes extras, and a choice of iTunes or ultraviolet, I hope more studios follow this.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    This is very encouraging news. I don't particularly enjoy encoding movies. I'd rather buy the disc and just download the file.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
  12. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2008
    This is some good news. Do you get the iTunes extras as well?
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    Yep, and the sd version as well
  14. Los
    thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    So far, as long as you get the code and not a DVD with the Digital Copy on it, you'll get the iTunes Extras if the movie does have it on iTunes.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    This is a little frustrating. I bought all the True Bloods for my wife when they first came out each year. I also bought Game of Thrones for me. All on Blu ray and only season four of True Blood came with a digital copy. Game of Thrones came out four months ago.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I agree, it's definitely frustrating, as I bought Season 1 & 2 of True Blood before their new format came out. I also bought Game of Thrones on iTunes, whereas now when they re-release it, I could get 3 different versions for less than I paid just for the digital copies.
  17. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    WHAT? Then why does the listing on Amazon say it comes with UltraViolet? I bought the HD video on iTunes because I have ZERO interest in that UltraViolet nonsense. For the same bloody price for the discs AND the HD version with extras, I sure as eff would've bought the discs. Gosh darnit I hate these studios and their lack of explanation on all this.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    The Amazon title is wrong, but the boxart is correct. You do in fact get a Digital Copy redeemable on iTunes or UltraViolet (same code).
  19. macrumors 6502

    Roy G Biv

    Dec 26, 2010
    Yo yo, could this possibly apply retroactively in the future to past purchases? This makes digital copies relevant again!
  20. macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Oxford UK
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Does anyone know if the standard (non Blu-Ray) edition's digital copy gives you a choice of UltraViolet or iTunes (even SD download)? Or is the regular release limited to UV?
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    The older released ones only work on Ultra Violet, but the newer ones work for both. From the Hunger Games on seems good for either or. The older versions you can have some luck with sending an email to the Ultra Violet customer service and they may give you a iTunes code.
  23. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Barf, Amazon. Barf. You think the people who type those things in could get their facts straight on a $400 million movie. Well, it probably cost them one measly sale. That'll teach 'em.
  24. macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2007
    If True Blood and Game of Thrones are HD, anyone know about Boardwalk Empire? (i.e is this something HBO is doing with all their TV shows?)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    Yes, all HBO Shows will include HD Digital Copies. Hopefully everyone else follows suit.

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