Nov 24th- Bestbuy's CinemaNow has started to embed UltraViolet content into their video-streaming service. It's no huge surprise -- given that the retailer is a founding member of DECE -- but a good sign for anyone shoring up a collection of discs with UV digital content. CinemaNow identified compatible content with an Ultraviolet icon, while the service continues to gradually upgrade its SD content to big-screen friendly full HD
Disney shutting its digital locker
Disney Movies Online to close at end of 2012
The Walt Disney Co. said it will pull the plug on Disney Movies Online, which has struggled to keep up with rival streaming and digital locker services since launching in 2009.
Site limited users to buying and renting movies from the Disney library and streaming movies they purchased on DVD or Blu-rays, similar to UltraViolet. A major drawback, however, was that users couldn't download files for offline viewing or access them from mobile devices or videogame consoles.
"The digital environment is rapidly evolving and Disney Movies Online does not have the flexibility that many users today demand," a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. "We made a business decision to close the service until we are able to provide the greatest value and experience to our customers."
Disney is the only studio that does not support UltraViolet's digital locker, which has 6 million registered users, up from 1 million in February, and is backed by most major retailers.
Well, it doesn’t take a lot to set off speculation that Disney has finally decided to join the rest of the industry in the unified Ultraviolet streaming and digital locker system. Their first big release after the deadline is Peter Pan, and I don’t think anyone will be surprised if it’s carrying a digital copy of a different color.
As part of the commitment to promoting UltraViolet, Redbox is joining the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem. The deal is another big step forward for UltraViolet, which at this time last year was still being viewed as a controversial approach to digital rights management that some industry observers were concerned would alienate consumers. Support for UltraViolet has crept forward in the retail environment this year, with Walmart and Amazon also committing to promote it.