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MGM, Movies Anywhere, and Advanced CODECS

Thrang

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Post CEDIA, wanted to open a more focused thread for conversations about:

Movies Anywhere: I sent multiple emails to them encouraging support of KScape, as others have. Separately from that, my only general understanding is that it will "likely" happen but "not likely" until sometime next year.

Missing Advanced Codecs: NBCUniversal was supposedly contractually done some time ago; there were some "technical issues" with the files, allegedly; and since then, nothing.

With 20th Century Fox titles now Disney properties, and Disney already supporting advanced codecs in their relationship with KScape, can we expect at least these titles to be upgraded to match the rest of the Disney/KScape contract?

MGM: Anyone hear what happened, as the word was fairly certain around CEDIA 2019?


Any thoughts or comments on these topics? Post away!
 

TrackZ

Well-known member
This is my understanding.

MA we need to push on MA ourselves, per my other post. K is committed to this, but it's not in their hands.

Codecs for NBCU is something with progress, but we are stuck waiting. Fox is still in quite a bit of disarray with the merger and is a TBD.

MGM just a matter of time (weeks maybe?) before movies land in the store. Bond will follow.
 

TrackZ

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One would hope/think 20th Century would become easy as they are now Disney properties
In general, I agree. Disney bought Fox, so you would assume that as Fox gets assimilated into Disney, they will take on certain processes and procedures as Disney has done them. That stuff takes time though and there's periods of pain and change as it happens and old goings on are put to rest.

While it would good for Fox to adopt Disney workflows in the case of Kaleidescape, there's an inverse fear that Fox movies could stop appearing in UHD HDR at all on iTunes if Disney's stance is applied there.
 

Vodder

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The bit I fear most with Disney is them applying their policy of no D2D and charging full whack for upgrades across the board... For instance I have the full Disney Classic Collection on Blu-ray, that wasn’t cheap, it’s 55 films afterall. They want $27 for each one in HD or/and $34 for each one for HDR... ouch, I might as well buy another 2nd hand disk vault!)

Apart from that, I’m all for them, they do have some great stuff LOL
 

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Montucky

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The bit I fear most with Disney is them applying their policy of no D2D and charging full whack for upgrades across the board... For instance I have the full Disney Classic Collection on Blu-ray, that wasn’t cheap, it’s 55 films afterall. They want $27 for each one in HD or/and $34 for each one for HDR... ouch, I might as well buy another 2nd hand disk vault!)

Apart from that, I’m all for them, they do have some great stuff LOL
Yeah. That's honestly why I haven't upgraded a single one. Sure, I'll spring for NEW ones in 4K that I don't already have in my collection, but since even the standard 1080p HD versions look so beautiful to begin with (especially the Pixar films), I've been less motivated than usual to bother upgrading. Especially at almost full retail.
 

SJHT

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Many have new audio as well which makes them more appealing than just the video. We just watch Maleficent in 4K with Dolby Atmos (prior to going to the new movie). Looked and sounded amazing...
 

Montucky

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Many have new audio as well which makes them more appealing than just the video. We just watch Maleficent in 4K with Dolby Atmos (prior to going to the new movie). Looked and sounded amazing...
I'm sure it's great, but is it $34 great when you already own the HD version? Because that's what Disney wants to bilk us for the "upgrade." Really frustrating when they drug their feet getting us many of these films in 4K/HDR/Atmos to begin with, so many of just went all in on the standard HD versions, which were honestly fine for the most part.

So sure, when it's a new release I'll typically purchase the 4K version like I did with Coco. But when they want FULL price for the upgrade, that's a "nope" from me.

At least with SOME of the other studios such as WB or Lionsgate, they allow us to upgrade for a small cost compared to essentially buying it all over again.
 

mootang

Active member
Xfinity X1 released a message yesterday that as they’ve linked with MA, you can now access movies through the Purchases tab on their X1 box......here’s hoping MA can approve the Kscape system soon!
 

mootang

Active member
continuing periodic emails to MA....still generic responses


Chad (Movies Anywhere)
1 Dec, 03:05 GMT
Hi there,

Thanks for reaching out! While we currently offer the ability to connect with 8 separate digital retailers we're always looking into the possibility of expanding our library. The ability to connect with Kaleidescape has been highly requested, so we're certainly looking into the possibility. We don't have any announcements to make at this time but we recommend keeping an eye out in the future.

Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. We're always happy to help!
 
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