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Vudu, Gracenote Team for In-Home Disc-to-Digital UltraViolet Conversion

Vudu's In-Home Disc-to-Digital program enables subscribers to store, identify and unlock disc collections through Gracenote’s metadata technologies.


Robert Archer · June 11, 2013

Just over a year ago Vudu introduced its Disc to Digital Service that enables consumers to move their DVD and Blu-ray libraries into its cloud-based streaming service.

The Walmart-owned service is giving you the option to turn those titles into UltraViolet Digital Copies through the Vudu In-Home Disc-to-Digital program, which is now in beta, with the help of Gracenote‘s metadata technologies.

You’ll need to download the Vudu To Go app to your computer. From there, click on the Disc to Digital tab in the app. Insert the DVD that you want to digitize into your disc drive, choose whether you want an SD or HD copy, and click to make it digital. Just FYI: You’re going to need a Blu-ray drive to convert Blu-ray discs.

Vudu will store the digital copy in the cloud, so you’ll be able to access that movie on other Vudu-enabled products, such as TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and gaming devices. Users can also tap into the films through iOS and Android devices.

“Being able to tap into DVD and Blu-ray collections that people have spent years building is a huge plus for home theater enthusiasts who are selecting a streaming movie service to use,” says Graham McKenna, vice president of marketing for Gracenote. “The other benefit to Vudu is the lack of a subscription model. It’s pay as you watch.”

According to McKenna, the service is versatile because content is accessible through the Vudu apps. McKenna says home theater enthusiasts will enjoy the service because users will be able to tailor their service to their exact budget and technical requirements. “The pricing is fairly simple. If you want to convert a standard definition [SD] in the cloud the cost is only $2. To upgrade from SD to the HDX version it is $5. If you already have the BD [Blu-ray disc] the cost is only $2,” he explains.

“The audio formats are as follows: two-channel stereo on PCs, Macs, Apple iOS and Android devices. Vudu offers 5.1 [and 7.1 when available] on electronics products such as PlayStation 3s, Roku and smart TVs. Vudu also recommends specific network speeds for viewing: SD is1 Mbps to 2 Mbps; HD is 2.25 Mbps to 4.5 Mbps, and HDX 4.5 Mbps to 9 Mbps.”

McKenna says the service is becoming more accessible as a growing number of manufacturers are building the Vudu service into their new entertainment products.



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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