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5.0 out of 5 stars Streaming ruins a good idea, 14 July 2012
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This review is from: Sherlock Holmes [2009] / Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011] (Blu-ray + DVD) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
The films are great. Sherlock is traditionally intelligent with Watson being something of a dunce, but in recent years there has been a leaning to Watson being the brains behind the operation. Particularly the first film has managed to capture Holmes playing both roles. He is certainly the more intelligent of the two, but at the same time is also a complete pillock. This actually works very well and adds something unique to the film. My biggest issue with the product, and I don't want to sound like I am just repeating other reviews, but ultraviolet sucks! I spent two hours trying to set up flixster and ultraviolet accounts, the issue being that they just wouldn't link, inputted one of the codes and pressed play. I could only bring myself to watch about a minute of it before giving up, it's not that it spends ages buffering (in fact some buffering may help it) but the quality of the video is terrible! I know streaming is never going to be as good as blu ray or even DVD, but YouTube, VHS, and an app I have on my iPad called tvcatchup that streams live free view channels all put it to shame. I don't know if it's just my Internet connection, but as I said YouTube looks much better so I think it's the app. The quality may be ok for an iPhone maybe, but on an iPad or laptop you're going to wish you hadn't bothered. I know I can download it, but with limited hard drive on an iPad it isn't ideal. iTunes digital copies are the way to go. They were versatile enough that you could stick them on an external hard drive and bang them on the iPad when needed

Bit of an update, I have just downloaded the film and picture quality is great, but you can't move the file to an external hard drive like you can with iTunes films, and you can only download a film 3 times and on a tablet this effectively mean you can only watch it 3 times as you are probably going to have to delete it after watching unless you only want a small handful of films on. Streaming also only works or three years after entering the code so if streaming works for you, you can only watch it that way for a few years. If streaming is improved and allowed to be used for life, or downloads are allowed as often as needed they may be on to something but as it is if you buy the blu ray and want to watch on a tablet legally, you have to pay for a second time to get a copy off iTunes (something that has been free in the past and should be free. Tablets are becoming a big part of today's life and if you pay for a film companies must enable you to watch them on a tablet)
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