Disc-to-Digital . . . Revisited

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Vudu-Disc-to-Digital-revisted-small.jpgLast year, when Wal-Mart launched its Disc-to-Digital service, I tried it out and came away less than impressed. If you're not familiar with the service, Disc-to-Digital allows you to get authorized digital copies of the DVD and Blu-ray movies you already own, to be stored in an UltraViolet digital locker and accessed through Walmart's VUDU streaming service (or any UltraViolet-compatible service). The cost is $2 for a straight DVD or Blu-ray authorization and $5 to upgrade a DVD to an HD-quality digital copy.

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At the time of my original story, the biggest drawback to the Disc-to-Digital service, at least for me, was the need to physically bring your discs to a local Wal-Mart to have an employee authorize the digital copies. My personal experience involved trips to two different stores and dealings with employees who either didn't know how Disc-to-Digital worked or were too busy to help me. I'm happy to report that Wal-Mart has removed that step from the process, launching the In-Home Disc-to-Digital Service that allows anyone with a DVD/BD drive in their computer to authorize copies from home.

The new service is straightforward and easy to use. Simply go to the In-Home Disc-to-Digital page on VUDU's website, create or sign in to your VUDU account (if you don't have an UltraViolet account, you'll have to create one during the setup process), and download the VUDU to Go application to your computer. In my case, I already had VUDU to Go, but needed to upgrade to a newer version to add the in-home service option. Once the new software was installed, I navigated to the Disc-to-Digital tab and began adding titles from my library by inserting the discs into my MacBook Pro's DVD drive. The application scans your disc and tells you whether or not the movie is part of the Disc-to-Digital program (more on this in a moment); if it is, you can choose between the $2 copy or the $5 upgrade and add it to your cart. When you're finished adding all the titles you want, then you just hit the checkout button. The credit card linked to your VUDU account will be charged, and the titles immediately appear in both your VUDU and UltraViolet libraries.

The VUDU to Go application doesn't directly include the ability to browse and search for titles to see what's available in the Disc-to-Digital catalog. Instead, you should keep the VUDU website open in your browser. The Disc-to-Digital page now has a helpful search tool to see if your movies are in the catalog. The other option is to simply pop the disc you want to authorize into your computer drive and see if it's compatible or not.

Read more about disc to digital and its drawbacks and why it's limitations aren't that limited on Page 2 . . .

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