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Old 10-26-2017, 09:52 PM   #1
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This issue is getting to me. Every studio, cloud based digital library, and retailer services have their own thing going on. For digital libraries we have Ultra Violet and Movies Anywhere (formerly Disney Movies Anywhere). For retailers, we have Itunes, Vudu, FandangoNow, Google Play, Amazon. There's so much mess out in the industry about redeeming digital copies, specially those with 4K UHDs, because when you do so you may end up with a cheaper HD version of the movie during playback with your retailer service. Until they fix this mess, i hope we can at least attempt to come up with a list of where the customers should redeem their digital copies so they can watch them in 4K UHD. I for one have found myself having to contact the studio, retailer, or digital libraries customer service for them to unlock the 4K version. It's really frustrating.

Note: There's only 3 major UHD Streaming Services that syncs with Ultraviolet, they are: Vudu, FandangoNow, and Sony's Ultra. MoviesAnywhere syncs with Itunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon Video

Update: Ultraviolet is shutting down on July 31, 2019

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Big thanks to mysticwaterfall for sharing and to Ashley L and Zhobbs for maintaining this list:
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:00 PM   #2
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....yet another reason we should all be thankful for physical media.
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...Htmh4/htmlview

Tells you where to go to get 4k.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:08 PM   #4
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I thought the digital copies that comes with the UHD blu-rays can only be redeemed in standard 1080p.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:28 PM   #6
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It's not that complicated to redeem copies...

Sites with owners in parentheses:

iTunes (Apple)
Vudu (Wal-Mart)
Movies Anywhere (Disney)
Google

These are the major players.

I find it easier to watch when traveling with Vudu so most of my copies are housed here.

If you sign on to Sony or one of the studio sites, they will take your info and re-direct you to one of the above anyway.

It's my experience with Vudu, most new releases are UHD whether you buy the 4K version or the Blu-ray....it will be identified with a tab at the top of the movie art saving UHD
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:57 PM   #7
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I have no idea where to go or how to redeem, please don't hate me. I have about 15 4kblus, all with their digital codes, and now im considering redeeming.

I need help in how to redeem? Would i goto the , for example, vudu.com, and create a profile and just insert code?
Also, is there away to ensure i get 4k and not HDX?

I downloaded Movies Anywhere, if it helps.

Any suggestion would help��
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:08 PM   #8
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I have no idea where to go or how to redeem, please don't hate me. I have about 15 4kblus, all with their digital codes, and now im considering redeeming.

I need help in how to redeem? Would i goto the , for example, vudu.com, and create a profile and just insert code?
Also, is there away to ensure i get 4k and not HDX?

I downloaded Movies Anywhere, if it helps.

Any suggestion would help��
Post #3 has a link
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:19 PM   #9
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Post #3 has a link
I was literally going down the spreadsheet and was gonna edit my post with a nevermind...lol
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:24 PM   #10
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I have no idea where to go or how to redeem, please don't hate me. I have about 15 4kblus, all with their digital codes, and now im considering redeeming.

I need help in how to redeem? Would i goto the , for example, vudu.com, and create a profile and just insert code?
Also, is there away to ensure i get 4k and not HDX?

I downloaded Movies Anywhere, if it helps.

Any suggestion would help��
That spreadsheet a few posts up is a massive help.

I personally try to go the iTunes route if I can (need a 4K Apple TV though). You'll have to check each movie individually in the spreadsheet. Some movies just currently have no possible way to get a 4K redemption anywhere, but it's getting better. With the Movies Anywhere service and Apple's growing 4K library, there are a lot more options now than just even a few months ago.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:30 PM   #11
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That spreadsheet a few posts up is a massive help.

I personally try to go the iTunes route if I can (need a 4K Apple TV though). You'll have to check each movie individually in the spreadsheet. Some movies just currently have no possible way to get a 4K redemption anywhere, but it's getting better. With the Movies Anywhere service and Apple's growing 4K library, there are a lot more options now than just even a few months ago.
Definitely appreciated. I don't have iTunes, but i created a Movies Anywhere profile. If i we're to enter the code for the movie that has YES under MA, is that really all i have to do??
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:34 PM   #12
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Definitely appreciated. I don't have iTunes, but i created a Movies Anywhere profile. If i we're to enter the code for the movie that has YES under MA, is that really all i have to do??
If the code is from a Sony 4k then a direct redeem on MA will give you the 4K version of the movie on iTunes if it is available
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:36 PM   #13
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I use the spreadsheet too, however there can still be some confusion on what is the best option to get the "most" out of your digital rights. It all boils down to the studio that released the film as to what service you should use. I made this list in another thread:
  • Sony Pictures: Redeem UHD codes through Movies Anywhere to get 4K rights in iTunes. Redeeming UHD codes on Sony Picture's website, FandangoNOW, or Vudu will only give you 4K rights in iTunes if the title is available in UHD on Vudu (only a couple titles so far).
  • 20th Century Fox: Redeem HD or UHD codes through iTunes to get 4K rights in iTunes, if available in that format. Redeeming codes in Vudu will only give you HD rights across all services (UV locker, Vudu, & iTunes).
  • Warner Bros.: Redeem UHD codes through Vudu and they will port over 4K rights in iTunes for most available titles (via Movies Anywhere). This is the best option as you will get UHD rights in Vudu as well.
  • Paramount: Best of all worlds; redeem UHD codes in both iTunes & Vudu to get 4K rights across all services (UV locker, Vudu, & iTunes). Redeem HD codes through iTunes to get 4K rights, if available in that format.
  • Universal: Most UHD codes can be redeemed in both iTunes & either Vudu or FandangoNOW to get 4K rights for all services that offer the title in that format. Universal is hit or miss on which services offer particular titles in 4K (use this spreadsheet for guidance). Redeem HD codes through iTunes to get 4K rights, if available in that format.
  • Lionsgate: Some UHD codes can be redeemed in both iTunes & Vudu to get 4K rights for all services that offer the title in that format. Like Universal, use this spreadsheet for guidance.
  • Disney: Redeeming UHD codes through Movies Anywhere does not currently grant 4K rights in any service. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 & Pirates of the Caribbean 5 UHD codes ported to Vudu in UHD for a short period of time, but apparently not anymore. Disney does not currently offer any titles in 4K through iTunes. Hopefully when they begin to, any titles redeemed through MA will automatically update to 4K.
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Awesome. Who maintains this list?
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:55 PM   #15
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It's a complete crapshoot for me. For example, I recently redeemed both Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 on Vudu and I got UHD for the original and HDX for the sequel. Fantastic Beasts redeemed in 4K; Harry Potter Collection in HDX. Sometimes a movie I already own in HDX will upgrade to UHD when I enter the code that came with the 4k version, sometimes it does not.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:49 PM   #16
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I use the spreadsheet too, however there can still be some confusion on what is the best option to get the "most" out of your digital rights. It all boils down to the studio that released the film as to what service you should use. I made this list in another thread:
  • Sony Pictures: Redeem UHD codes through Movies Anywhere to get 4K rights in iTunes. Redeeming UHD codes on Sony Picture's website, FandangoNOW, or Vudu will only give you 4K rights in iTunes if the title is available in UHD on Vudu (only a couple titles so far).
  • 20th Century Fox: Redeem HD or UHD codes through iTunes to get 4K rights in iTunes, if available in that format. Redeeming codes in Vudu will only give you HD rights across all services (UV locker, Vudu, & iTunes).
  • Warner Bros.: Redeem UHD codes through Vudu and they will port over 4K rights in iTunes for most available titles (via Movies Anywhere). This is the best option as you will get UHD rights in Vudu as well.
  • Paramount: Best of all worlds; redeem UHD codes in both iTunes & Vudu to get 4K rights across all services (UV locker, Vudu, & iTunes). Redeem HD codes through iTunes to get 4K rights, if available in that format.
  • Universal: Most UHD codes can be redeemed in both iTunes & either Vudu or FandangoNOW to get 4K rights for all services that offer the title in that format. Universal is hit or miss on which services offer particular titles in 4K (use this spreadsheet for guidance). Redeem HD codes through iTunes to get 4K rights, if available in that format.
  • Lionsgate: Some UHD codes can be redeemed in both iTunes & Vudu to get 4K rights for all services that offer the title in that format. Like Universal, use this spreadsheet for guidance.
  • Disney: Redeeming UHD codes through Movies Anywhere does not currently grant 4K rights in any service. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 & Pirates of the Caribbean 5 UHD codes ported to Vudu in UHD for a short period of time, but apparently not anymore. Disney does not currently offer any titles in 4K through iTunes. Hopefully when they begin to, any titles redeemed through MA will automatically update to 4K.
Good summary.

I'm curious about this Sony part: "Redeeming UHD codes on Sony Picture's website, FandangoNOW, or Vudu will only give you 4K rights in iTunes if the title is available in UHD on Vudu (only a couple titles so far)."

Would Spider-Man Homecoming be in this group? It's available in UHD on Vudu. I noticed mine (redeemed directly through Sony Pictures) is only HDX at Vudu (and therefore also HD at iTunes). I'm not sure if I should try to contact Sony if the above statement is true.
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Would Spider-Man Homecoming be in this group? It's available in UHD on Vudu. I noticed mine (redeemed directly through Sony Pictures) is only HDX at Vudu (and therefore also HD at iTunes). I'm not sure if I should try to contact Sony if the above statement is true.
The only Sony titles that have been UHD on VUDU are Baby Driver and Spider-Man Homecoming. Maybe more will be coming, I guess we’ll know in a few weeks.

On a different note, Universal has pretty much abandoned UHD on Vudu, actually if you register titles through their redeeming service, Vudu isn’t even an option to choose anymore. (BTW, if a studio has their own portal link Sony, Paramount and Universal, I’d advise always using them to guarantee full digital copy access. Doing so keeps a record that you have access to UHD formats, even if a provider doesn’t offer it.)

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Old 12-01-2017, 02:46 AM   #18
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You guys are amazing for keeping this convo going. Threads like these is what we need during messy times in the war for digital copy standards. I myself am SOL, I redeemed most of my 4K's in Vudu synced to UV and only about 1/3 of them are in the right UHD format. Now i'm noticing iTunes is expanding and allowing more titles in 4K than the others but iTunes is in the MA side of the world. You can only redeem the codes in one platform and i need to decide wether to start redeeming in MA/iTunes or to stick to Vudu/UV until the dust settles!
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The only Sony titles that have been UHD on VUDU are Baby Driver and Spider-Man Homecoming. Maybe more will be coming, I guess we’ll know in a few weeks.

On a different note, Universal has pretty much abandoned UHD on Vudu, actually if you register titles through their redeeming service, Vudu isn’t even an option to choose anymore. (BTW, if a studio has their own portal link Sony, Paramount and Universal, I’d advise always using them to guarantee full digital copy access. Doing so keeps a record that you have access to UHD formats, even if a provider doesn’t offer it.)

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That stinks...but i always use their original portal and they make me select one of the services Vudu, itunes, MA, etc so i don't really know how their portal makes any difference. Would you mind clarifying what you mean by going to their portal?
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I have never redeemed one of my codes for a couple of reasons. Didn’t know exactly what the heck to do with them and thought I would keep them with the movie for resell.

I never travel. What is the reason many of you like the digital copies? Travel and __?

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