Ultraviolet shuts down today

Ultraviolet, the cloud movie locker, is finally ceasing its service today. The shutdown, which was announced earlier this year, means that users have until the end of the day (Wednesday July 31) to link their content to an existing retailer or else face losing their libraries.  Outside of the US these include Flixster and Kaledescape […]

UltraViolet due to shut down at the end of July

UltraViolet, the initiative that gives users digital access to movies and TV series they’ve purchased, is due to shut down on July 31. According to information posted on the UltraViolet website, the move is due to “market factors” – including the emergence of  content services separate to UltraViolet. “In most cases, your movies and TV […]

UltraViolet awareness hits 44% in the US

Awareness of UltraViolet is “on the rise” among US consumers, with 44% now claiming to have heard of UV or to recognise the UV logo, according to NPD Group.  The research firm’s Digital Adoption Monitor claims that the 44% figure is a nine-percentage point increase over last year, with about one-third of consumers claiming to […]

Blinkbox adds UltraViolet support

Tesco-owned digital store Blinkbox has added support for the UltraViolet digital movie and TV locker service, letting customers access digital versions of physical disks they have bought in-store. Announcing the move, Blinkbox said that customers can now instantly stream or download select DVDs and Blu-rays, marked with the UltraViolet logo, that they have bought as physical […]

Amazon in talks to join UltraViolet

Amazon is reportedly in talks to talks to join UltraViolet, an initiative backed by studios, retailers and technology firms to make purchased movies and TV shows available from an online locker. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Amazon is in talks with at least three studios about joining the UltraViolet consortium. The discussions having […]

UltraViolet making progress, but challenges remain, says DECE

The UltraViolet digital locker system for electronic sell-through is making strong progress, but serious issues remain about usability and European markets, including the UK, still lag behind the US in terms of take up, attendees at the PEVE Entertainment Business Futures 2014 conference heard this morning. Speaking on the opening panel session at the event, […]

Majority of US UltraViolet users now access content on TVs

More than half of the 16 million users of UltraViolet in the US now view cloud content on a TV, according to stats by NPD.  The research firm said that, as of February, 61% of US UltraViolet users had watched a movie from their cloud-based UV library on a TV, up from just 43% in […]

Time Warner chief hails UltraViolet and HBO Go growth

Use of UltraViolet ‘digital lockers’ grew by 65% last year, while HBO Go, the premium cable channel’s TV everywhere service, increased its active user base by 30%, according to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. Speaking on a conference call for Time Warner’s year-end results, Bewkes said that UltraViolet ended the year with over 15 million […]

Sharp and Rovi renew DivX deal

Sharp has renewed its multi-year DivX licensing agreement with Rovi Corporation, allowing it include DivX HEVC technology in its next-generation of AQUOS TVs and Blu-ray recorders. The agreement will allow Sharp to support high-quality streaming and playback of DivX HEVC HD 720p/1080p and Ultra HD/4K HEVC content. The deal also includes use of Rovi’s adaptive […]

UltraViolet plans more EU launches, hits back at critics

Ultraviolet is gearing up for more European deployments, with the body behind the service also hitting back at claims that it is complicated and not customer-friendly.  Speaking to DTVE, Mark Teitell, the general manager of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) – the consortium behind UltraViolet – said that even though Ultraviolet launched in the UK […]