I'm not a fan of UltraViolet, which strikes me about as wispy as a Cloud. I prefer something more substantial, like a copy in my possession, not something dependent upon a server somewhere ethereal. But if you're a fan and you live in Canada, here's something that might excite you:
LOS ANGELES (October 9, 2012) – Following the successful launch and rollout in the United States and the United Kingdom, the DEG is pleased to announce the availability of UltraViolet titles in Canada. Three studios, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment ("Total Recall"), Universal Studios Home Entertainment ("Ted" and "The Bourne Legacy") and Warner Home Video will all release UltraViolet titles in the fourth quarter 2012.
UltraViolet is currently available in thousands of retail locations across the U.S. and U.K. bundled with DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, and with UltraViolet digital sellthrough and disc-to-digital options also available via select U.S. retailers. UltraViolet accounts in the U.S. recently surpassed five million registrations.
UltraViolet is an entirely new way to collect, access and enjoy digital movies and TV shows. With their cloud-based digital Collection, UltraViolet enables consumers to access their movies & TV shows both at home and on-the-go, across a variety of apps and services, as well 200 million devices in the U.S. - including PCs, mobile devices, smartphones, connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and more.
Deployment plans for additional international markets (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France and Germany) will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit www.UVVU.com.
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is a Los Angeles-based, industry-funded nonprofit corporation that advocates and promotes the many consumer benefits associated with various home entertainment products, including both physical and digital media on a variety of platforms. The DEG helps provide information and perspective about the home entertainment industry. The DEG also offers a forum for member companies to engage in ongoing discussions concerning various opportunities related to promoting established categories, evaluating and discussing new entertainment platforms and investigating supply chain efficiencies.
DEG membership is comprised of: Akamai, Amazon.com, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Audionamix, Barnes & Noble, BluFocus, Cinram, Cryptography Research, Deloitte, Deluxe Digital, Direct Brands Inc., Dolby Laboratories, DTS Entertainment, Flyer Entertainment, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, GDMX, HBO Home Entertainment, Image Entertainment, IMAX Corporation, Interpret, JVC Disc America, LG Electronics USA, Lionsgate, Mediamorph, Microsoft, Milyoni, MovieLabs, NCR, Netflix, Neustar Media, Nielsen Entertainment, NPD Group, Panasonic, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Philips Electronics, Pioneer Electronics (USA), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Redbox, Rentrak, Rovi, Samsung Electronics, ScreenPlay, Sony DADC, Sony Electronics, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, SRS Labs, Technicolor, Testronic Laboratories, THX, Toshiba America Consumer Products, Trailer Park, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Universal Operations Group, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, V2 Solutions, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Home Video.
DECE is the industry organization that has designed, built and is now operating the UltraViolet platform and service. Founded in 2008, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE) is an open, cross-industry consortium of more than 75 companies, including many of the world’s leading entertainment studios, technology providers, consumer device makers, retailers and video service providers. These companies joined together to develop and operate UltraViolet – a groundbreaking ecosystem delivering a new and compelling way to collect and enjoy home video entertainment.