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Money Where My Mouth Is

I purchased Live Free or Die Hard today for the sole reason to get the Digital Copy provided along with the film.

I'm still pretty excited about FOX doing the right thing and understanding that people want to be able to move digital content around however they want. Digital Copy has given me reason to buy DVDs again.

The transfer was pretty easy and now I have a 1.46GB file to watch on my Media Center PC. I only have an old 27" CRT Toshiba so I can't say how this copy would look on an HD television. I will say it does look passable on my 20" LCD monitor.

I am a little miffed that there doesn't appear to be a digital copy for my iPod Touch (like there was the the Family Guy DVD Blue Harvest). Thomas K. Arnold of the Hollywood Reporter in his article about the release makes no mention of an iTunes copy on the disc but does mention it will work with PlaysForSure devices. And a post on PCWorld makes me think that Live Free Of Die Hard was the first Digital Copy, but Blue Harvest was the first to include a copy for iTunes. If FOX was felling generous they always could supply us iPod users with a link to download a digital copy. Just saying.

If anyone is interested the third DVD to include Digital Copy (or the second so it seems to have a copy for your iTunes) is Hitman out March 11th right in time for my birthday.

UPDATE: I got a reply from FOX in regards to Live Free or Die Hard iTunes compatibility.

Hi Grant,
Live Free or Die Hard will not work with the iPod, it's not supported.
Thank You,
Fox Digital Copy Support Team

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CIB #4 Podcast: Digital Copy

I was so excited about the new Digital Copy feature included on the Family Guy Star Wars DVD that I just had to share a video of my experience.

In case you are unaware of Digital Copy, it is a new feature that includes a video file with the DVD you purchase and allows you to transfer it over to your computer, PMP or iPod of choice.

As you will see it's pretty straight forward and the quality of the video on my iPod Touch is the best I've seen on it.

I'm going to try my best to purchase every DVD that has Digital Copy to show Hollywood that is what people need and want…. a digital copy that they own and don't have to become criminals to get it. If you are wondering, the next film to have Digital Copy seems to be the latest Die Hard, Live Free or Die Hard.

Apple Tv Source also has their experience of using Digital Copy documented on their site.

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You Win This Round Steve… He’s My 20 Bucks

I was totally checking out the live blogging when Steve gave his key note Tuesday at MacWorld Expo. I'm not going to go into great detail since there are those who actually attended the event and I can simply link to their coverage, like Engadget or MacBreak Weekly for example.

So yes I did spend the $20 to upgrade my Touch to get mail, maps, weather, stocks and notes. Yes I know they were included free on the iPhone from the start and moving forward now on the Touch. Yes I know that I could do two of the five simply by looking out a window or going outside. But this was my first Stevenote where I actually had an Apple product ever. I love the maps feature and how magically you can get an approximate location by a wifi-connection. Thanks Skyhook now I'm war driving trying to find open hot spots.

But you nickel and dime me again Steve and look out, I just might just have bring the full weight of my blog to Apple's doorstep.

Here's the next item I got excited about. No, not the MacBook Air , I mean something I could actually afford without selling one on my children's souls for a down payment. It was the announcement of the Family Guy DVD Star Wars spoof Blue Harvest. Even thought I've seen it (thanks to bittorent) I'm going to purchase it (because of bittorent) and for a first time, brand new feature that has never been done before (at least to my knowledge) on a DVD. Digital Copy! They actually give you a digital copy that you can move to your computer, personal video player or whatever. I never thought I would see the day. So get out there right now (unless it's the middle of the night for you, then wait till tomorrow) and support this feature and maybe just maybe we will see it on every DVD release.

Of course this is one of those things I'll be telling my kids about in 20 years how you used to buy movies and television on DVD and even thought you bought it and it was yours and you only wanted a personal copy, you had become a criminal to break the copy protection and then take the equivalence of an university degree on video bit rates and format conversions and programs that were originally written in Japanese get it to play on your GBA SP. And then they'll ask me what's a DVD. I feel so old already.

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