Goodbye Target Ticket, We Hardly Knew Ye

Target Ticket

Bizarrely, Target entered the UV/video on demand realm excessively late. Vudu (backed by Wal-Mart) is clearly the 800-lb gorilla in the UV market. Unfortunately iTunes, which is rapidly becoming irrelevant, refuses to sign on with UV. Same with Amazon which, adding insult to injury, has discontinued their download ability for those who “own” titles through them.

Target’s service was pretty terrible from the start. It didn’t have an ability to sort through owned films if you owned more than a couple dozen. This made the interface a nightmare for heavy users. They tried a handful of very half-hearted promotions and, predicatably, have now abandoned their service.

This still leaves plenty of UV providers (Vudu, M Go, Flixster, CinemaNow). Best Buy’s CinemaNow has never been much of a competitor to Vudu. They suffer from many of the same problems that plagued Target Ticket. Naturally Target has chosen them to carry on the films people owned on Ticket.

CinemaNow

I followed Target’s instructions and migrated my movies to CinemaNow and linked up with UV. They were unable to transfer one of the films so they issued me a $24 credit with CinemaNow.

Thank you for choosing Target Ticket for your digital entertainment. We hope that you’ve enjoyed your movies and TV shows with us. Target has made the difficult decision to end the services offered on Target Ticket effective March 7, 2015. After that time, Target Ticket will no longer be accessible on any device applications, gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones or the web.
If you have purchased digital movies/TV shows from Target Ticket, we have partnered with CinemaNow and Disney Movies Anywhere, leading providers of premium digital entertainment, to ensure a smooth and easy transition. Both services are available at no cost to you.
Your eligible Target Ticket titles and credit are available to transfer to CinemaNow on March 7, 2015.
  • If you have purchased digital movies/TV shows from Target Ticket, you may access your eligible purchased movies/TV shows on CinemaNow. For any purchased content that is not available or eligible to be transferred to CinemaNow, you will receive credit in your CinemaNow account in the amount that was paid for that content when you transfer your account from Target Ticket to CinemaNow.
  • If you choose to register with CinemaNow, you must agree to have your library of purchased titles and existing account credit transferred from Target Ticket to CinemaNow in order to maintain access to your titles purchased through Target Ticket.
  • UltraViolet movies purchased through Target Ticket can also be accessed through several other digital movie services.
Your eligible Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Target Ticket titles will be available to transfer to Disney Movies Anywhere.
  • If you have purchased eligible Disney, Pixar, and/or Marvel movies from Target Ticket, you will be able to unlock your eligible content with Disney Movies Anywhere codes that will be sent to you directly via email next week.
For additional information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you,
The Target Ticket Team

 

FREE Movies, Target Ticket, Vudu, and UV

CinemaNow

I have previously described how you can get 10 FREE movies from Best Buy’s CinemaNow for your UV account. This option is still available – simply sign up for CinemaNow and link it to your UV account and Best Buy will let you select 10 FREE (standard definition) movies to own.

Target Ticket

Target is now jumping into the streaming game with Target Ticket and they will also give you 10 FREE (standard definition) movies for signing up and linking to your UV account. Target Ticket does require you to put a credit card on file though I used a Visa giftcard for that. In seconds, nine of the movies showed up in my linked Vudu account and I was ready to watch on TV (Mars Attacks didn’t show as yet).

Vudu

FREE Streaming Movies to Own

Vudu* Vudu is Wal-Mart’s version of Ultraviolet. Any Ultraviolet movies you have redeemed, usually through DVD or Blu-Ray purchases, may be played through this service. It is available on the PC, Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, and many smart TVs and Blu-Ray players. I have previously reported on Vudu’s offer of 10 FREE movies if you start a new account and that offer is still good.

Cinema Now* CinemaNow is Best Buy’s version of Ultraviolet. They have joined Vudu in offering ten FREE movies for signing up and linking your account to your Ultraviolet account. You can use both offers.

The movies from both offers are linked to your Ultraviolet account so not only would you own 20 movies for FREE but you could play them on either service.

Through the end of this month, Vudu is offering to convert one of your movies for FREE in their disc-to-digital program. Disc-to-digital conversions are done simply at your home computer. If you order more than 10 conversions at a time in August, Vudu will charge you half-price. This amounts (after the half off) to $1 for DVD to Standard or Blu-Ray (assuming you have a Blu-Ray drive, I don’t) to High Definition conversions and $2.50 for DVD to High Definition conversions.

I have used this program and it works fairly well. The copies are in good condition and play well BUT many movies are not available for this service and often it won’t read a disc correctly (especially if this disc is part of a set like the Die Hard Collection).

A Little Idle Talk of This and That

Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition (2010) – Not rated

“The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy contains more than two hours of additional footage not seen in the theatrical versions of the original Swedish films.Amassing a total of 9 hours of story content and presented in 6 parts, this complete version of the international hit series restores notable characters and subplots from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels.”

For those mystery lovers with a lot of time on their hands, the extended versions of all three of the Stieg Larsson novels are now available on instant Netflix. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie-length versions and I’m not sure when I’ll have time to catch these extended ones. Strong warning on content if you haven’t seen these as there is much disturbing material present.

* Warner has increased their delay on new release titles being available for rental on Netflix to a whopping 56 days.

* Not surprisingly Disney is considering adopting the delay of new releases to Netflix (and presumably Redbox) that Warner, Fox, and Universal have implemented.

* Crackle and CinemaNow are now available on the Xbox 360. Crackle is a FREE movie service – uncut movies with commercials. There have some offerings that Netflix lacks. CinemaNow is another pay for rental ($3-4) or purchase ($16) movie venue. I’m not sure where the appeal is as most movies can be purchased as physical media (i.e. something you actually own as opposed to something you think you own) for far less.

* Amazon, which struggles mightily trying to bridge the gap between a Netflix type service and a pay as you go Blockbuster, is expected to announce a deal with Viacom shortly. They still have a lot of catching up to do content-wise to compete with Netflix. I will admit that Amazon is where I break my “no a la carte” digital rule. I buy every new episode of Walking Dead as it becomes available (since we ditched cable).

* Redbox is teaming up with Verizon to work on a new streaming movie service. I really think that except for niche markets, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have the subscription video sewn up. Redbox also snapped up all those Blockbuster kiosks – 35,000 of them – from NCR so if you thought Redbox was ubiquitous before…