Costs for Disc-To-Digital
The costs associated with the new service are quite reasonable and will most likely remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
- $2 to convert each standard-definition DVD to Vudu’s Standard Definition (SD)
- $2 to convert each Blu-ray disc to High-definition with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound (HDX)
- $5 to convert each standard-definition DVD to HDX.
Yes, each disc gets ‘hand stamped’ so you can’t use it again for another digital copy. Luckily the disc will still work in DVD players.
See the video review for a full explanation from Lisa, who was the guinea pig for this experiment.
The Convert It Yourself Method
Yes, I did tell you that you can do all this yourself and you can save a bundle doing it too. Thanks to software vendors for making the process of converting DVD to video formats possible. Since most DVD’s contain copy protection codes the average user won’t be able to do this without specialized software. When I say specialized I mean a software that can decrypt the DVD and then convert it into the proper format for your device. When I say device I mean any portable device that can play back video which includes the majority of iPod’s, iPad’s, iPhones, Android devices and tablets, smart phones, Nook’s, and any thing else in-between.
We have done an extensive review on DVD to iPad Converters here. So feel free to head on over and see what there is. But if you just want a quick and dirty answer that just works then see our 123 Movies to iPad+ review, the plus stands for all devices – not only the iPad.
Special thanks to Lisa Agnew who helped with this research by agreeing to take her DVD’s to her local Walmart and report back on the experience. She grew up in a small town in Utah where the only thing to do was walk around Walmart for fun. Now that she lives in the big city, she is a full-time blogger for www.SatelliteTv.com deals.
To do your own Disc-To-Digital converting be sure to see our DVD Copy Reviews side-by-side.