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Movie studios are trying to get Amazon Instant Video on to the new UltraViolet cross-platform movie rights system, insiders divulged Wednesday. At least Sony and Warner Bros. were said by Bloomberg sources to be negotiating a deal. In ideal circumstances, a viewer could buy a Blu-ray or a digital format movie and have rights to play it on the Kindle Fire or another Amazon-friendly device.
Disney head Bob Iger in his discussion at D9 said he wouldn't be on stage for Apple's iCloud unveiling. While he liked the idea of having a media locker as it got around storage limits, he gave a direct "no" to the idea he might show on June 6. The talk didn't rule out prospects of iCloud video lockers but cast doubt on there being a need for public support from a movie studio.
The UltraViolet digital media standard could use a customer's own DVDs as a way of giving them permanent access to a movie, insiders said Monday. Partners in the group are mulling an option for users to scan in their DVDs and get access to any movie that matches up with the UV library. The approach described to CNET would be a way of encouraging viewers to get into the UV system without forcing them to give up an existing catalog.
The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) group on Wednesday completed the format for UltraViolet, its proposed cross-platform digital rights system. Under the finished model, users will have access to their content on 12 separate devices that support UltraViolet, no matter who made them. Viewers would also have rights to stream content and play a given title on a physical disc.