Do you still have a DVD player at your home? Are you holding a rack of your favourite movies in the form of DVDs? Does your car still have a DVD player? However, you are unable to watch any of it cause of time constraint. If you answer yes to any of those, you’re probably a bit of a hoarder. And lucky you, now you can have a digital format of all those DVDs. Starting today, all you need to “convert” DVDs and Blu-rays collecting dust on your shelf into streaming digital movies you can watch anywhere is the case they came in and your smartphone. To be a little more specific, you scan the film’s barcode using Vudu’s mobile app and your phone’s camera. (Both Android and iOS are supported.) From there, you pay a small fee to gain access to that same movie as an UltraViolet digital copy.
8,000 movies can currently be converted via the new method. “There is something for everyone including fan favorites like the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the Bourne series, as well as classics like Top Gun and The Godfather,” a spokesperson told The Verge in an email. Participating studios include Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros.
Walmart-owned Vudu costs just $2 to make a “like” conversion. The easiest way to think of that is by resolution / video quality. Converting a Blu-ray to an HDX (high bitrate 1080p) digital copy costs two bucks. Converting a DVD to an SD digital copy? Also two bucks. If you want to upgrade a DVD to a high-definition digital version, that costs a little more: $5 for each conversion. Current Vudu users will be gifted one free conversion for trying out the service.