“You have all of your videotapes alphabetized and on index cards… ?”
– When Harry Met Sally
The concept of cloud computing was suspect. I now use gmail, skydrive, etc., yet still insist on, or at least attempt, backing up locally. More often personal copies are corrupted or lost, while the online archive is dependable. “VMware” still puzzles.
Perhaps better understanding where Ultraviolet (uvvu.com) is moving with DVDs, embrace the idea of virtual media ownership. An annoyance of life is keeping up with a collection. I’ve had discs and tapes in storage, trusted with friends and gone to great lengths not to give them up. Not certain why I am this way, favorite films are known by heart. I’m simply a hoarder of all media and there are others like me. Now UV promises a way to retain viewing rights forever, with no need to keep up with the physical discs. Sadly personal expectations are ahead of the technology.
There is a “disc to digital” process where existing DVD ownership can be registered in this great database in the sky. I’m in! Only there is just one existent service that does this, Vudu, through a partnership with Walmart stores, of all places. Blockbuster, Movie Gallery and now defunct rental companies might have been ideal brick and mortar locations for the process. I’ve yet to venture into a Walmart with my DVD collection though, only a fraction of titles are eligible for conversion. Also the fee ($2 or SD, $5 for HD) is rather high. It is arguably paying for ownership twice.
So I’m either an impractical dreamer in believing there is a market for disc to digital, or ahead of my time and it will eventually be reality. It should be a simple matter for a program to read the UPC of packaging, verify, register and mark the disc physically. Any venture capitalists out there?
ADDENDUM (2/1/13) : Re-researching discovered Flixster and CinemaNow (Best Buy) now have PC software for disc to digital conversion from home.