An UltraViolet copy is sometimes included with the purchase of a DVD or Blu-ray and allows you to add the film or TV show to a cloud-based digital collection.
A unique authentication code is included with your DVD or Blu-ray purchase to enable the title to be added to your UltraViolet collection. Once added, you can then download the file onto your computer or portable media player or stream the content directly to enabled devices.
The authentication code has an expiry date rendering the copy invalid if unused before this time. The exact use and availability of UltraViolet 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 UltraViolet copy information and this will outline the different elements of the copy.
Access to your UltraViolet collection requires registering with the UltraViolet website and will also require registration on the relevant studio's UltraViolet service. Playback of UltraViolet content on your computer or portable media player may require the download of an UltraViolet-enabled application.
Every time you buy an UltraViolet-enabled film or TV show, you can add a digital "proof of purchase" to your UltraViolet collection. By doing this, UltraViolet retailers, streaming services, and UltraViolet-capable devices and apps can confirm your rights to the film or TV show and enable you to watch.
You can open your UltraViolet Account at the official UltraViolet website. Once your UltraViolet account is set up, you will need to register with a film or TV studio's websites or applications to add films or TV shows to your UltraViolet collection.
All titles that have the option of UltraViolet copy will have "+ UV Copy" listed in the title. Warner Home Video, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures UK and Paramount Home Entertainment are all releasing some titles with UV copies. Each of these studios will direct you to their own UltraViolet service to start the process of adding your title to your collection. Details of these sites will be included on the in-package instructions that come with your DVD or Blu-ray purchase. Your title will come with in-package instructions on how/where you can log in (or create an account) to add it to your collection. Different film and TV studios will require you to access different websites or applications in order to add their titles to your collection. Unlike other digital copies, you don't need to have a physical disc present to add your title to your collection or to download it to your device.
You can stream to many internet-connected devices, including some set-top boxes and you can download copies to your computer or portable media player for when you don't have good internet access. You may need to download an UltraViolet-enabled application to your mobile device. Not all mobile devices are supported for all titles and the supported devices may differ from studio to studio. Please contact the studio directly if you have queries as to whether your chosen title is available to view on your portable media player. Currently UK purchases can only be added to your collection from the UK. Streaming may be available outside the UK. If streaming rights aren't available in a given geography, you can download your content to be able to watch it wherever you and your devices may be.
The code for adding your UltraViolet copy to your collection will expire two years after the title's release date. Once added to your collection, your rights to the film or TV show you purchase don't expire and you can continue to view your content beyond the expiry date.