Dear Lifehacker, I want to build an awesome media centre and download digital copies of my movies and TV shows, but everything is riddled with DRM these days. I don’t want to pirate shows. Is there any legal way to get DRM-free movies and TV on my media centre?
UltraViolet (UV) is a cloud-based video distribution service designed to give you instant access to your entertainment library via any device you see fit. The main selling point of UV is that all your purchases will be stored under the one account, regardless of the retailer, media player or hardware platform you happen to be using at the time of purchase.
If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you’ll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.
Apple has started loading the iTunes Store with higher-quality, 1080p versions of movies, and despite the fact that they’re nearly 1/10th the size of their Blu-Ray counterparts, Ars Technica found that the quality is almost as good. Sharpness and colour reproduction were just about on par, though iTunes lost a bit of detail in grainy shots and had lots of issues with dark gradients (at least in the one movie they tested).
I’ve always wondered why Blu-Ray cases had that annoying flap on the side. All they seem to do is make the case harder to open. Here’s how to fix that (without just breaking it off).
Windows/Mac/Linux: VLC, one of our favourite video players, has just updated with experimental support for Blu-Ray discs, not to mention a seriously overhauled interface for Mac users.