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Digital CopyDigital copy is sometimes included with the purchase of a DVD or Blu-ray and is an additional digital file of the film/TV show. This is either included on one of the discs, or a unique code is given to download the file online. You can then transfer the file onto your computer or portable media player.
The disc typically comes with a single-use code to authenticate a computer over the internet. Alternatively, content owners can offer the digital copy feature as a paid service. Often the authentication code has an expiration date rendering the copy invalid if unused before this time.
The exact use and availability of digital copy varies by title, and it depends which studio is releasing the title. There should be a paper insert inside the case of DVD or Blu-ray that includes digital copy and this will outline the different elements of the copy. If there isn't an insert or if you need to clarify details of the copy, you should contact the studio directly.
Digital Copy FAQs:
Q. Are all digital copies stored on a physical DVD or Blu-ray disc?
A. Many are, but some need to be downloaded from an online source. Read your insert for details.
Q. Does digital copy expire?
A. Many have an expiry date for when you can download the copy by. Check your insert for dates. If the date has expired, you will not be able to download the digital copy.
Q. Does "expire" mean that the digital copy will no longer be watchable after that date?
A. No, it means that you can no longer download it to your computer or handheld device after that date. The copy isn't what's expiring; it's the download code. Once you've downloaded the copy, it's yours to keep and watch whenever you like.
Q. Do all digital copies work on all portable media players?
A. Generally not. Each release varies, so you'll need to check with the studio who released the title.
Q. Are digital copies geographically limited?
A. Products purchased in the UK are often geographically limited, and as such they might only work in the UK and Ireland. This does vary title-by-title, and if you want to download the digital copy outside of the UK and Ireland, you should refer to the insert for details or check with the studio directly.
Q. This film used to have digital copy included, but now it doesn't. Why?
A. This is because the film studios sometimes have licence agreements that expire, and after this time they cannot include digital copy with the DVD or Blu-ray.Digital copy is sometimes included with the purchase of a DVD or Blu-ray and is an additional digital file of the film/TV show.
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