While the home theater purists out there will balk at the notion of ever watching a movie on a phone or tablet, the fact of the matter is that portable viewing is a rapidly growing market. The home video studios have attempted to respond to this demand by bundling Digital Copies or UltraViolet codes with your DVD and Blu-ray purchases. But what’s really the best method to get a movie onto your portable device? Do you prefer to download or stream?
This week’s poll was inspired by an interesting reader email that we received in response to one of our Blu-ray reviews:
The “bad egg” you forgot to mention is that there is no digital copy for those of us that use iTunes instead of the ROTTEN CRAPPY service known as Ultraviolet. I used to buy DVDs every week and this Ultraviolet crap has RUINED my rights and experience. It is such a scam. I should be able to watch my “digital copy” how I choose, when I’VE PAID FOR IT. Not forced to watch it from some WiFi cloud………!!! PLEASE STAND UP FOR US OUT HERE over this issue….
I can’t say that I’m invested enough in this issue to get quite that upset over it, but I can certainly see the benefits of a Digital Copy over UltraViolet, at least when it comes to portable viewing. I’d much rather have a copy of the movie that can be downloaded onto my phone, than be forced to rely on streaming from the cloud. I tend to watch movies on my phone during my daily commute. There’s no WiFi on my subway, and 4G is terribly unreliable when the train is underground. Streaming is a non-starter in that situation. People traveling by plane are likely to have the same issue.
Unfortunately, I loathe using iTunes, and I find the expiration dates on most Digital Copies to be infuriating. I’ve pretty much given up on the Digital Copies bundled with my Blu-ray purchases. I’m much more likely to just rip a movie from my old DVD collection, which mostly goes unwatched in my home theater otherwise. (The Library of Congress can go screw itself if it wants to call me a criminal for doing that.)
How do you do it? You can vote for multiple options in the poll if you’d like.
Oh, and before some smart alec finds it necessary to link to David Lynch’s famous rant about watching movies on a phone, I defy any of you to watch his ‘Inland Empire’ on a screen larger than four inches. The damn thing is unwatchable at any size beyond that.