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Old 12-02-2011, 07:11 AM
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Sony Ultraviolet Website now up:
https://ultraviolet.sonypictures.com/
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:06 AM
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HMM article on Tesco providing digital copies with DVD purchase in England not UV integrated as of yet.

Not sure if the headline there isn't a bit off as I think they signed on as a UV supporter and plan integration with the UltraViolet ecosystem sometime in the future.

Its nice to see UV starting to gain some sort of momentum with the Sony site.
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British Supermarket Chain Tesco Bows UltraViolet Competitor


1 Dec, 2011
By: Erik Gruenwedel


Platform launch with majority-owned subsidiary blinkbox supersedes U.K. access to Hollywood’s cloud-based digital locker, UltraViolet

British supermarket giant Tesco has rolled out a program that allows consumers to access in-store DVD and Blu-ray Disc movie purchases online via media devices, including the PC, tablets, PlayStation 3, and LG and Samsung connected TVs.

Dubbed “Online Movie at blinkbox,” Tesco Entertainment customers who use their Clubcard loyalty membership when purchasing titles such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (available Dec. 12), Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Hangover Part 2, The Smurfs, Cars 2 and Bad Teacher, among others, automatically receive a digital copy of the film added to their blinkbox account.

The titles can be accessed at any time at no additional charge.

Tesco in April acquired an 80% stake in blinkbox, which calls itself U.K.’s leading digital movie service with more than 9,000 titles. Blinkbox separately rents and sells TV shows and movies, which are not yet automatically linked to Tesco’s digital storage locker.

UltraViolet, Hollywood studios’ (with the exception of Disney) attempt to rekindle sellthrough of packaged media and digital movies, is slated to launch in the U.K. sometime next year.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:11 AM
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Better article from the European site of the Wall Street Journal in the Tech Europe blog.

Mentions that Tesco is a member of DECE and specifically states its not meant as a competitor to UV, but the the separate launch instead of just integration with UltraViolet right now that might confuse things?

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DECEMBER 1, 2011, 5:15 PM GMT

Tesco Bundles Free Streaming Movies With DVD Sales



By Ben Rooney


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Buy the new Harry Potter DVD, watch it free online

Consumers in the U.K. and Ireland will be able to access an online copy of DVDs they buy from Tesco, the U.K.’s largest retailer.

The service from Blinkbox goes live on Friday with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Anyone who buys a DVD of the movie from Tesco—either in store or via the website—will get free instant access to a digital copy to be watched on devices including computers, Samsung and LG smart TVs, Xbox, iPad and PlayStation.

Tesco took an 80% stake in Blinkbox in April.

Michael Comish, CEO of Blinkbox said the U.K. DVD market was worth some £2 billion in sales and another £500 million in DVD rental.

£2 billion DVD sales market in the U.K.

“That rental market has already shifted from the physical to the digital. That is why you have seen the death of local video stores. What has not yet moved is the £2 billion in DVD sales. That is the bit that is moving in the next few years.”

He said that with the explosion of IP-enabled TV sets, either directly or through connected devices such as the Xbox or PlayStation, that a tipping point was fast approaching. “We think that will happen in 2012, when the average urban consumer is watching movies via an IP device.”

Video on demand is undergoing something of a battle in the U.K. at the moment. Earlier this year NetFlix announced they would be launching in the U.K. and Ireland. Mr. Comish said this represented the next wave of pay TV.

“Sky dominates the existing pay TV,” he said. “You have three big boys fighting it out for the next wave that is opening up: Amazon, with LoveFilm, NetFlix and Tesco with Blinkbox.” News Corp., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, owns 39.1% of BSkyB.

Polarization of two different models

The movie industry has been fighting to maintain its existing business in the face of the threat from digital distribution and is trying to maintain scarcity by controlling the timing of blockbuster releases to other services.

“What you are actually seeing in the movie space is the polarization of two different models,” he said. Whereas the subscription services used to have a mix of new old titles, he said, now they are being pushed into much older titles.”

Tesco’s move is not the first service to give the purchaser of a physical product access to a so-called digital locker. The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem—a cross-industry consortium consisting of more than 75 companies, including movie studios, technology providers, consumer device makers, entertainment retailers and video service providers—is also launching its own service, Ultraviolet, into the U.K..

Signed four of the six major studios

Mr. Comish said the Tesco deal was not a rival to Ultraviolet and that Blinkbox would be launching an Ultraviolet compatible service in 2012.

At launch, Tesco is only offering around 30 titles although Mr. Comish is promising more will be added very shortly. Customers must use their Tesco Clubcard when they buy the DVD; that Clubcard linked to a Blinkbox account. All eligible movies bought from Tesco will appear in their Blinkbox account.

Mr. Comish said they had signed four-of-the-six major studios, and deals with Universal and Fox would be forthcoming.


Ireland, Tesco, U.K.
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The launch now may be a soft launch for integration with UV when it's launched in the UK next year.
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The launch now may be a soft launch for integration with UV when it's launched in the UK next year.
That may make sense especially to get a foothold of mind share in the holiday sales season,
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Contagion was just announced to arrive on January 3rd. This is a WB title. The artwork of the front slipcover says "BLU-RAY + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET DIGITAL COPY". And it uses the UV logo as well.
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Please note: if you purchase The Smurfs with Ultraviolet the wrapper has a sticker on it indicating it has UV. Do not throw that sticker on the plastic wrap away. Turn it around, for some stupid reason the studio placed the Ultraviolet access code on the back of the sticker instead of inside the box. I almost threw the sticker away in the garbage like I do the other stickers on every other wrapper I have peeled away from media.
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Please note: if you purchase The Smurfs with Ultraviolet the wrapper has a sticker on it indicating it has UV. Do not throw that sticker on the plastic wrap away. Turn it around, for some stupid reason the studio placed the Ultraviolet access code on the back of the sticker instead of inside the box. I almost threw the sticker away in the garbage like I do the other stickers on every other wrapper I have peeled away from media.
Thanks Tower!!! I just bought that movie for the weekend and usually the kids rip into and play the movie. Now I know to check that sticker first!
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Please note: if you purchase The Smurfs with Ultraviolet the wrapper has a sticker on it indicating it has UV. Do not throw that sticker on the plastic wrap away. Turn it around, for some stupid reason the studio placed the Ultraviolet access code on the back of the sticker instead of inside the box. I almost threw the sticker away in the garbage like I do the other stickers on every other wrapper I have peeled away from media.
You got to be kidding me.

That sounds stupid.
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I meant the code on the back of a sticker stuck to the shrink wrap. :biggrin:

Not you buying The Smurfs. :tongue:
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