For Movie Collectors Only - Will MA Impact Your future Purchases?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mmm1345, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. mmm1345 Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    Now that it looks like the Studios are finally trying to standardize and consolidate. With UV now integrated into iTunes and UV 4K Pricing now matching iTunes. Is there an incentive to continue purchasing films directly from iTunes?

    Personally, now I would be tempted to just buy and redeem in UV (of course many times you don't have a choice in your digital redemption). Now that I know I would still get all the iTunes Goodness (the beautiful menus, exclusive extras, etc..) But if I ever decide not to have an ATV (which most likely will never happen since I'm locked in), but I like having options now. I'd be curious to know what people think about this new consolidation and how it's going to impact your digital movie redemption purchases and choices going forward

    Please spare me the "I don't buy movies," comments. This topic isn't for you.
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    It's still not perfect with not every movie avaliable but it's better now. Tbh though I would just buy on Vudu so if you ever decide to use another streaming service or even stop using Apple products forever you won't lose your movie library
  3. Rigby, Oct 15, 2017
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    Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    UV is not integrated with iTunes via MA (only Vudu is). Many UV movies indirectly transfer from Vudu to iTunes, but there are also quite a few UV-enabled movies that do not transfer (e.g. everything from Paramount, Lionsgate and some smaller studios).

    Also, Vudu isn't always matching iTunes prices for UHD (e.g. the latest Transformers movie is currently $30 on Vudu in UHD and $20 on iTunes).

    Generally, UV as a locker system seems pretty much dead to me, since it is really only VUDU at this point (yes, there is FandangoNow, but they are far inferior to Vudu and I wouldn't bet on them being around for very long).
    People are reporting that HD movies purchased from one of the other MA retailers currently do not stream in UHD on iTunes.
  4. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    I’m happy with Vudu for now. I do like that some prices have come down to match iTunes, and I realize that a great deal of it comes down to the studios. So I’m hoping Vudu and all the other retailers can put pressure on the studios to continue to lower prices.

    I think MA is a great start....and once all the studios come on board I think it’ll be the one real locker system. Right now it’s kind of a mess with quality and everything.

    I have 1507 movies owned and 1503 of them are in Vudu. Around 1095 in MA and iTunes. Really want to see all the studios come on board.

    For now I’ll focus movie to movie and redeem/buy where it will suit me best. I bought I am Legend on iTunes for $9.99 and it ported to Vudu in UHD. That saved me $5 bucks over buying it on Vudu. Something like War for the planet of the apes I’ll likely just redeem on Vudu, as so far reports of redeeming on iTunes are saying you get SD in Vudu. No way I want that.
  5. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    As I'm in the UK, and we don't have a UV/Vudu app for the ATV, MA is a revelation.

    I'll now buy the movies I don't really love via UV/US iTunes and buy my "A list" movies in iTunes. then I'll have access to my existing iTunes library plus the UV one that I could only AirPlay before.

    Obviously that means I can now just buy UV codes, so Apple will be losing out on some income from me.
  6. mmm1345 thread starter Suspended


    Aug 8, 2017
    We're in the first week of this. In a year, I think the "integration" will be better and even more UV films will transfer over. Even though most people, myself included, generally use Vudu to Redeem UV, the two services AREN'T the same, so don't confuse the two.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 16, 2017 ---
    I do wish there was some sort of label though. Like in the past all Movies Anywhere Titles had a DMA thing at the bottom. So I can clearly see which ones were DMA and which ones were not. It's a little "confusing" when it's all completely mixed together. It'd make it easier for me to tell which films didn't transfer.
  7. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    still dont have a vudu account but tempted to create one now
  8. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    Not really. I only buy very few movies. Only ones I really enjoy and would watch again. And those i'll buy as UHD only.
    However i've found places to get the codes for super cheap so I may buy more just because and it's certainly nice they're sync'd across platforms now. But if I really want it i'll get the discs.
  9. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    That depends entirely on when and if the remaining studios decide to join MA.
    No they aren't, but Vudu is the only good provider left that still uses UV. I wonder how much longer the studios that participate in MA will support UV at all. According to Variety they will switch to MA branding for digital copy codes included with Blu-ray discs next year. It seems inevitable that they will eventually drop UV altogether (i.e. new movies will no longer be licensed for UV).
  10. playaproved macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2005
    I still buy 4K discs. I will redeem the iTunes compatible codes directly in iTunes and the UV only codes will get redeemed in Movies Anywhere. When I really want to watch a movie, I sit down and throw the disc in, if I’m putting something on in the background, or my wife/kid are watching a movie then streaming gets used.

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