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What is UltraViolet?

Campbell Simpson | April 24, 2013
We look at the free movie download and streaming service bundled with new DVDs and Blu-rays

2. Enter the 12- or 16-digit redemption code on the slip of paper.This code is unique to the DVD or Blu-ray disc you just bought, so the service will know which title you're activating with UltraViolet. It also means that the code can only be used once, so you can't lend the slip of paper to a friend or sell it. Don't lose this slip of paper.

3. You're done. The code is checked for validity -- if it has been used before, if you're in the right region, and so on -- and if everything checks out, the movie is added to your UltraViolet collection. At this point, you're asked to create an UltraViolet account if you don't already have one, and an account for whatever film company website (or 'portal') the slip of paper mentions.

The slip of paper that came with our copy of <i>The Hobbit</i>. We removed the code, but when you buy a movie or TV show you'll see a code in that empty space.

The slip of paper that came with our copy of The Hobbit. We removed the code, but when you buy a movie or TV show you'll see a code in that empty space.

One important note -- the service is region-locked, so if you buy your movies from an international store like Amazon UK, you won't be able to use their registration codes with the Australian version of UltraViolet.

We used a VPN to pretend we were accessing UltraViolet from the US, as well as US Blu-ray movies we bought from Amazon, to show you the process. Once UltraViolet is launched in Australia, you'll be able to add Australian DVDs and Blu-ray movies to your local UltraViolet collection.

You can use one portal to add movies or TV shows from any other film company, too -- you don't have to sign up to portals for Sony and WB and Universal and everyone else. As long as you sign up for an UltraViolet account, and at least one portal, you can access your movies.

Most movies and TV shows should be accessible from every service, although we couldn't add one title -- The Hunger Games -- through Flixster, as it would only work through another service. We've been told that in Australia, you'll be able to use any portal you like.

 

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