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UltraViolet is closing its virtual doors, how to protect your movies

by Sean P. Aune | February 8, 2019February 8, 2019 11:30 am EST

UltraViolet, the digital locker for films, will be closing down as of July 31, 2019. Now you need to know how to save your UltraViolet movies, and we’re here to help.

The news was announced late last week and details are still in the process of trickling out. Originally UltraViolet was supposed to be the ultimate way of building a cohesive digital film library when it launched back in 2011. All of the major studios signed on with the exception of Disney. It was able to get some retailers such as Walmart’s Vudu to sign on, but it could never get the major players such as Apple’s iTunes or Google.

Disney’s launched its own service called Disney Movies Anywhere which did attract all of the major retailers. In late 2017 the Walt Disney Company rebranded it as Movies Anywhere with the support of several other studios, and at that point, the writing was pretty much on the wall that Ultraviolet was doomed.

Now comes the question of what happens to all of those movies you purchased through UltraViolet, or redeemed codes for them from physical purchases.

How to save your UltraViolet movies

How to safeguard your UltraViolet library

Lets walk you through how to save your UltraViolet movies.

  • The first thing you need to do is to head over to the UltraViolet site and log in.
  • Once there, you need to go to the UltraViolet retailers’ page and choose which services you want to link if you haven’t done so already.
  • This is the important part, because of the way licensing works, just because one retailer has a license for a film, another might not. If you are only synched witht he retailer who does not have a license, you could lose your film. In short, you’re going to want to link as many retailers as possible to safeguard your film collection.
  • We recommend that you keep your eye out for further emails from UltraViolet, or even possibly your retailers. This is still a very active situation and is developing on a day-to-day basis.

This is one of the pitfalls of a digital lifestyle. You should, whenever possible, download your purchases and back them up in some way.

Hopefully this process will go seamlessly, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out as we get closer to July 31.


Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing