Ultraviolet is Shutting Down on July 31

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Ultraviolet, the digital movie repository service that allows you to keep digital copies of your purchased movies and television shows, has informed customers that they will be ceasing operations on July 31, 2019. Customers received an email on January 31st explaining the upcoming shutdown as well as instructions for how to maintain access to their library.

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While not entirely surprising, this shutdown is particularly concerning, as it supports the fears many have voiced regarding digital media rights and the problems that may present when converting to a digital-only ownership model. Fortunately, Ultraviolet does confirm that the majority of purchased movies and TV shows will continue to be accessible via linked retailer accounts such as those offered by FandangoNow, Vudu, and others. If you’re an Ultraviolet customer, please make sure to link your accounts as soon as possible and keep a close eye on your email to ensure uninterrupted access.

Let’s hope that this sort of thing never impacts other industries that rely heavily on digital ownership, such as video games or music. Losing one’s entire Steam library would be a nightmare come to life… Needless to say, I’m glad I made the switch to moviesanywhere (https://moviesanywhere.com/welcome), although who knows how long that will last!

For more information, check out myuv.com/faq or send an to email customercare@uvvu.com.