These days, many Blu-ray releases come with Digital Copies that you can download to watch on a computer or portable device. When you get a disc that has one of these, do you actually use it?
For me, the most frustrating aspect of Digital Copies is that they expire after a set amount of time. If you don’t remember to download them right away (or if you purchase the disc after that expiration date), the Digital Copy is just a useless disc suitable only for the garbage bin.
There was a time when I made a point to download every Digital Copy I acquired so that I could load them onto my iPod Touch, whether I actually planned to watch the movie on that portable device or not. After a while, I realized that I was hardly using any of these files that I’d taken the time to download. Eventually, I upgraded to an Android phone and my iPod Touch wound up left in a drawer to collect dust. Of course, those Digital Copies are non-transferable. That means that all of the Digital Copies I downloaded are stuck on a device I don’t use anymore. I don’t think I’ve bothered to actually download a Digital Copy in ages.
Most Digital Copies are limited to use with WMV or iTunes. A few discs from Sony offer PS3 and PSP compatibility. As far as I’m aware, ‘Unstoppable‘ is the first and thus far only Blu-ray to come with a Digital Copy compatible with Android. If more Android-compatible Digital Copies were released, I might be tempted to download some of them. But I doubt I’d go out of my way to do it unless it was a movie I honestly expected to watch on my phone. Otherwise, I’ve given up caring.
How about you?