Paramount launches online UltraViolet streaming & download service

Paramount has launched its online UltraViolet service which lets you purchase or rent films and store a copy in the cloud. The site is the first of its kind, with purchase prices ranging from $12.99 (SD) to $22.99 for HD quality. Rentals will cost you $3.99 (SD) or $4.99 (HD). Right now the site isn’t exactly spilling over with titles, but there’s no shortage of quality with films like The Godfather trilogy, Mission Impossible 1-3, and new comedies such as No Strings Attached and Rango.

Once you purchase a film on the site or redeem an UltraViolet copy from a previously purchased disc, you can download a copy from the UltraViolet cloud to your PC to watch any time — without an internet connection (although TVs and iOS devices are currently not supported for download playback). You can also stream movies from the cloud to internet-connected Apple iOS phones and tablets. Unfortunately, support for Android,BlackBerry, and Windows Phone isn’t yet available. Confused a bit? In a nutshell you can watch UltraViolet content on PCs any way you want, but TVs and iOS have limitations. (See graphic below.)

It’s a new way to approach digital media and the best part is you won’t have to keep buying external hard drives to store your movies — what a concept. However, the pricing still seems a bit high for those of us who would still rather drop $20 for a physical disc in-hand — UltraViolet copy included. No doubt Paramount is also thinking about curbing the movie piracy industry. Check out Paramount’s collection yourself.

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

2 Replies to “Paramount launches online UltraViolet streaming & download service”

  1. Wendy says:

    Me too!! Unbelievable customer service. I am thoroughly discusted. They know less than I do, and absolutely do not care if you can access your films or not. NO HELP! I wrote them 4x and have reached a point where I will never purchase another paramount movie…EVER! They should make things right with their customers and lose the ‘oh well’ attitude. Flixter, Sony, Universal have all aced this ultraviolet thing I might add. Funny that Paramount was the first and the worst.

  2. James says:

    My family has recently purchased several paramount dvd’s that have digital copies in UltraViolet. I have since tried to redeem these digital copies and had nothing but problems. I am thoroughly dissatisfied with this service. when purchasing these dvd’s thinking there is a digital copy. I will not be purchasing any more dvd’s from paramount just for this reason. I will also not redeem or purchase any type of movie or video from UltraViolet. thank for a very bad experience

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