so I’ve been buying Blu-rays here and there, both to collect movies I like and to catch-up on American TV shows I can’t easily see in Japan.
lots of them include this “Ultraviolet” service which promises a digital copy in addition to the disc I buy. normally I ignore it, but since I’ve started watching Hannibal - a show that my children should absolutely not see (nor should my wife, honestly) - I thought I’d give it a try so I can watch on my PC in total privacy.
the Ultraviolet slip inside the Blu-ray case claimed it takes “Just 3 Easy Steps” to redeem a video. this is a lie. this is such a lie I almost can’t believe it really happened. here’s the real step-by-step process:
- go to the redemption website which, amazingly, varies depending on where you buy the blu-ray
- determine which retailer-specific corner you need to access
- manually look up the name of the product
- type in the authorization code
- discover you must first create an account for this retailer-specific service
- type in the authorization code again
- discover that whoops, you also need an Ultraviolet account so you can link it to your retailer-specific account
- type in the authorization code AGAIN
- good job! you can now stream your video in standard def, making it look like someone uploaded it onto YouTube in 2008
- discover you need to download a special program if you want to download the video onto your PC
- re-login to all your accounts again from the special program
- discover that the browser/program doesn’t support Google Chrome so would you please use another browser?
- start up another browser and login to all your accounts for a third time
- congrats, you may now download that standard def YouTube shit (but only if you are inside the United States, otherwise fuck you)
by the way, here is the real “3 Easy Steps” alternative to Ultraviolet:
- type the series name followed by sXXeYY (XX=season number YY=episode number) into Google
- pick from any number of HD-quality stream OR download options
- close a few pop-ups and enjoy your free television program anywhere in the world