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How Disney's Digital HD Copy Works

A month and a half ago, I pre-ordered Frozen in Digital HD from Amazon for my daughter. I did something similar with Wreck-It Raplh last year. I don't have a Blu-Ray player, so Digital HD is the way to go for me to watch movies in hi-def. And Disney releases Digital HD copies of their movies a month ahead of the Blu-Ray/DVD release. So it's a win-win all around to do that.

My wife had no knowledge of me pre-ordering the movie, so she actually pre-ordered the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from the Disney Store in our area. When I found out, I quickly cancelled my order with Amazon.

But then I wondered how the Digital HD Copy that comes with the combo discs works. In the past, it came with a disc that allowed you to download the movie file to your computer. But that offered limited choices for viewing the movie. Unless you had the right devices, you could only watch in on your PC.

In other words: Dumbo.

Yesterday, we picked up the Frozen movie, and I'm happy to say that Disney has opened up their Digital HD Copy to make it accessible through just about anywhere. Here's how it works:

Inside the case for the movie is a card. On it is a web link that you go to, along with a special code printed on it. Go to the web link and enter the code.

Next, you will be able to select the provider of you Digital HD copy. In the US, this includes iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play, and Target Ticket.

I use Amazon for all my digital purchases, so I chose them. Once I did, a new code was on the screen that I was instructed to copy. Below it is a link to the provider's digital copy of the movie. Clicking it opened a new tab where I was asked to enter the code. Once entered, a credit was put on my Amazon account to purchase the movie. I clicked the link to be taken to the product page, clicked to buy the Digital HD copy, and Bammo! The movie was added to my Amazon library.

It's that simple and easy. Now I have the Blu-Ray copy (but no Blu-Ray player), DVD copy, and Digital HD copy. So I can watch the movie anywhere.

Actually, I should say my daughter can watch it anywhere.

This is now the Disney standard for redeeming Digital HD copies. So any movie from recent months and in the future should follow this setup. If you have other questions regarding this, check out Disney's page on Digital Copy Plus.


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