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Best way to watch Digital Copies of movies (In Canada)

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Best way to watch Digital Copies of movies (In Canada)

I'm in the middle of going through all my purchased Blu-Rays, and making sure everything with an UltraViolet code or Digital Copy code is redeemed.

Everything I own can either be redeemed on Flixster (UV), iTunes (Digital Copy), or Google Play (a few movies).

What is the best way to actually enjoy these movies on my devices? Either casting to my tv or, playing on my phone/tablet.

I have HTPC, which I find is ok for watching movies. But it's still through a browser. I have a Chomecast (2nd gen), which I barely use, a Fire TV Stick (Basic Edition)., a Nvidia Shield (which I just got from this year's xmas sales), a Roku 3, and a Roku Premiere.

I don't have an iPhone or other Apple products, and find iTunes pretty bad on my Windows 10 PC. I only downloaded it so I could redeem all these Digital Copy movies. But I would consider getting an Apple TV if a good sale came along.

I said specifically in Canada because I heard in the USA they now have Movies Anywhere, which has basically taken over everything...
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Plex?
General Radek had some good ideas.
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I have a big 4K UHD blu-ray collection. Most of them come as a combo with a 4K UHD blu-ray + regular blu-ray + digital code.
The best form of digital codes to redeem are the iTunes versions because, after you redeem it, Apple 4K TV will upgrade you to the digital 4K Version of the movie for free in most cases.
Digital movies are streamed through an internet connection.

4K UHD blu-ray disc movies look better than the apple 4K TV streamed versions for just about every movie I have. Apple 4K TV also supports Dolby Vision whereas
most 4K UHD blu-rays do HDR10, and sometimes the newer ones also have support for Dolby Vision, and HDR10+ now.

For iTunes digital code movies, you can actually download and save them directly to your PC, iPhone or iPad and view them without using the internet (if you have these devices).
I think this is only the 1080p version that Apple allows downloading directly to iPhones or iPads and you have to launch them using the iTunes app.

Google Play, Flixster, Sony Ultraviolet digital code versions are pretty much useless compared to the physical formats because
those often have lower bitrates, more compression and as a result look and sound worse than regular blu-ray because they have to be streamed over the internet.
These are about the same quality as Netflix regular streamed movies.


Ranking Digital code versions from best to worst:

1. Apple iTunes codes
2. Movies Anywhere (requires using a VPN) and also requires you to create an Apple iTunes USA account.
3. Google Play. Also have access to all Google Play movies you own on Youtube.
4. Sony UV and Flixster tied for least useful.

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Last edited by XFactor11 on Jan 14th, 2019 6:53 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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I would avoid using Flixster/Ultraviolet for you digital files and use iTunes or Google Play. I have a pretty huge Bluray/UHD collection and I have checked on a few of my ultraviolet copies on my Flixster app and I’m locked out of 10-20 of my movies (over 100 on there) They’re just no longer supported and feel like I’ve been robbed of my digital copies
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XFactor11 wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 6:34 pm
Ranking Digital code versions from best to worst:

1. Apple iTunes codes
2. Movies Anywhere (requires using a VPN) and also requires you to create an Apple iTunes USA account.
3. Google Play. Also have access to all Google Play movies you own on Youtube.
4. Sony UV and Flixster tied for least useful.
Thanks. However in MOST cases, it's not an option of what I get to redeem. Usually the Blu-Ray specifically comes with a UV file, or iTunes file. Depending on the studio.

WB currently runs Flixster (and maybe UV). So all WB movies are only redeemable on UV now. Wasn't the case a few years ago.

Some movies will say they came with both UV and iTunes (HBO sets like True Detective seasons 1 and 2). Some make you choose. Like Fox. Fox is also the one who usually gives Google Play as the only option. Universal also often gives both versions.

That being said, would you say the best way to watch my iTunes versions on my tv would be with an Apple TV?
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I prefer watching movies on 4K UHD blu-ray physical disc format first and foremost.


Apple 4K TV is convenient if you also own iTunes songs / music videos or Digital codes for TV shows because you can play them through your TV and soundbar.
On a second viewing of a movie I will sometimes watch the 4K iTunes version for comparison.

Some movies have a 4K iTunes version but have yet to release a 4K UHD blu-ray version.
Even old movies like Home Alone 1 upgraded the digital iTunes version to the 4K one for free. There is no 4K UHD blu-ray version of that movie yet.


Game of Thrones 4K UHD and regular blu-ray versions all redeem on iTunes or at least the ones I've bought had a digital code to iTunes. I
Skilas wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 10:45 pm
Thanks. However in MOST cases, it's not an option of what I get to redeem. Usually the Blu-Ray specifically comes with a UV file, or iTunes file. Depending on the studio.

WB currently runs Flixster (and maybe UV). So all WB movies are only redeemable on UV now. Wasn't the case a few years ago.

Some movies will say they came with both UV and iTunes (HBO sets like True Detective seasons 1 and 2). Some make you choose. Like Fox. Fox is also the one who usually gives Google Play as the only option. Universal also often gives both versions.

That being said, would you say the best way to watch my iTunes versions on my tv would be with an Apple TV?
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Sorry, just came across this old thread and I wanted to provide some advice...

Yes, AppleTV would be your best bet to watch your digital movies, but here’s a suggestion...

Since you have some movies that are Flixster, you should have an Ultraviolet account. You should sign up for one of the DNS/vpn services (I use smartdnsproxy.com) and create a VUDU account in the US. Then you link your Flixster account to VUDU so all the movies will appear on VUDU as well, but then you also create a US iTunes account, and a Movies Anywhere account. Link everything together through Movies Anywhere so now all your accounts are connected. You’ll also have ALL your UV movies, not just the ones that Flixster has.

What you’re left with is a Canadian iTunes account, and the US side, which is all the Ultraviolet/Movies Anywhere stuff which also filters through to a US iTunes account (assuming the studios participate in MA). So on your Apple TV you’d have your Canadian iTunes account, and your US iTunes account. You can flip between t hem easily in the settings on the Apple TV, plus you’d have access to the VUDU app (downloaded from the US App Store) allowing you to watch any of your Ultraviolet content. You’d need to keep the DNS/VPN service to do that though, as they’ll block you being from Canada.

I’ve been running a setup like this for over a year without any problems. SmartDNSproxy.com has been absolutely solid for me, and allows me to access a ton of foreign content on my appletv (like British stuff). I highly recommend it.
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the only legal way you can watch movie online netflix , amazon prime video ,hulu . you can watch there for free .
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What about loading the MA app onto an Apple TV? A VPN is not needed to watch movies with the MA app on an iPad or iPhone.
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harryking wrote:
Mar 11th, 2019 7:27 am
the only legal way you can watch movie online netflix , amazon prime video ,hulu . you can watch there for free .
These are hardly the only legal ways to watch movies online.

Audit13, no VPN needed for Movies Anywhere? I guess I just assumed there was (it’s automatic through my DNS service), so I hadn’t tried it without one. In that case you’d just need a US iTunes account to download the app.
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GordLacey wrote:
Mar 12th, 2019 10:55 pm
These are hardly the only legal ways to watch movies online.

Audit13, no VPN needed for Movies Anywhere? I guess I just assumed there was (it’s automatic through my DNS service), so I hadn’t tried it without one. In that case you’d just need a US iTunes account to download the app.
You only need a VPN to create a Movies Anywhere account. A VPN is not needed to download the app (just a USA iTunes account as you mentioned) or watch movies with the app.
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GordLacey wrote:
Mar 12th, 2019 10:55 pm
These are hardly the only legal ways to watch movies online.
No kidding right? Man, newbies love jumping in to give 2 cents without reading thread.
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audit13 wrote:
Mar 13th, 2019 10:13 am
You only need a VPN to create a Movies Anywhere account. A VPN is not needed to download the app (just a USA iTunes account as you mentioned) or watch movies with the app.
Ah, okay. Though I have lots of movies there, I haven’t used Movies Anywhere much at all. I focus more on iTunes and VUDU, and you definitely need a VPN/SmartDNS for VUDU (not for iTunes).

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