I bet many of use have purchased physical optical media in recent years but been a bit annoyed that the digital copies offered were generally either iTunes or an UltraViolet copy.
In the last couple of years I never really bothered to redeem many of the UV copies - either forgot or couldn’t be bothered - the biggest problem seemed to be that playing UV copies wasn’t very simple depending on what devices you had.
It now seems UV have announced they are closing in the summer. I can’t say I’m surprised given the popularity of streaming services, but it does show it’s important to download the digital copies and not rely on cloud based access, though even if you have the download presumably DRM could scupper playback if the authenticating servers for the format close too.
I bought several dozen movies on iTunes the other day when they had loads on offer at £2.99, many including 4k copies (though you can only download in up to 1080p which is a real shame).
I guess the concern is that we could see all the major digital copy suppliers shut down or change their business model to streaming only. The liked of Apple and Amazon are probably more resistant to market changes, but they might still change their policies.
The only safe option seems to be buying physical media and format shifting to a non-DRM copy for your own personal use in case your media or optical disc player fails.
In reality, how many of us believe that optical disc players and physical media have a rosy future?
Seems this Disney company may have been a factor in UVs demise, but I think it’s US only - thanks again movie studios and your regional coding/licensing antics!