Share My Movies by VUDU

Jchang | May 14, 2014 in New Features | Comments (45)

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A great part of owning movies and TV shows is sharing your collection. You can help your parents understand why everyone now “volunteers as tribute,” or get your roommate to finish watching Breaking Bad so he finally understands all the references.

Sharing is a great way to get the most value from your collection, introduce people to some great movies and TV shows, and even become a little closer as family and friends.

That’s why we’re excited to launch Share My Movies by VUDU—a new feature that lets you easily and safely share your UltraViolet movies and TV shows.

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Share My Movies lets you invite up to five people to join and watch your Library of UltraViolet movies and TV shows. You only need a VUDU account and an UltraViolet Library to start. (You can do both on VUDU.com. They’re free and take only seconds).

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Share My Movies is a safer way to share because the people you invite get their own username and password. You never have to give out yours. This means you can get the most value out of your purchases, show off your collection AND never have to worry about accidental purchases or changes to your account.

And since invited users watch through their own VUDU accounts, they can use their favorite devices without it counting toward your VUDU device limit. They can download or stream your movies and shows on just about any device—from a smartphone to a smart TV. Share My Movies also supports up to three simultaneous streams, so you can watch together, even when apart.

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And the best part of Share My Movies is that it’s free. No extra fees, no subscriptions (or subscription tiers) and no limit on number of viewings. Thousands of UltraViolet movies and TV shows are already available to own and share, and more are added all the time.

Share My Movies by VUDU is open to all users, so invite your friends and family to discover VUDU and your collection of digital movies and TV shows.

Learn more about Share My Movies by VUDU


45 Responses to “Share My Movies by VUDU”

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  1. Comment by Marcus A Holt — May 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm  

    This is awsome

  2. Comment by Jonathan D — May 15, 2014 at 8:13 am  

    This is a great idea! Great innovative move.
    One question, would I be able to “revoke” a friend’s use of my library? Say I didn’t want the friend watching my videos any more, or want to take the permissions back to let another friend watch. It’s no different than getting my hard copy of Breaking Bad back from Jimmy and then loaning it to Julie. Just like in real life with a hard copy, I may not want Jimmy keeping it for years as his own.

  3. Comment by Jchang — May 15, 2014 at 10:59 am  

    Yes you can remove users from your Library through the UltraViolet site (www.uvvu.com).
    But remember you can have up to 5 people in your Library and unlike sharing physical copies, you can share any title with multiple people at the same time. So why not just stay friends? :)

  4. Comment by john thompson — May 16, 2014 at 6:47 am  

    what about if we don’t know anyone with a vudu account, but we have one and we’d like to offer to share with someone that also has an account. any message board through vudu?

  5. Comment by BridgetMay 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm  

    I LOVE THE IDEA ! But can they see and watch all of your movies ? Or do you need to share what movie you want them to see ?

  6. Comment by Jchang — May 19, 2014 at 9:03 am  

    Thanks Bridget! Invited people can see all of your UltraViolet Movies and TV Shows. You can limit it by adjust parental controls, but only through UltraViolet’s site.

  7. Comment by SeanF — May 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm  

    This is great! Are there any plans to allow sharing of my VUDU content that isn’t UltraViolet though? Would make it even better.

  8. Comment by Lelo — June 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm  

    Is there a way to share with a friend who already has both accounts without having to create a new password and user info under my account? like sending an invite and having both library’s link to each other.

  9. Comment by Jchang — June 4, 2014 at 11:39 am  

    Hi Lelo, unfortunately no. Many contracts, IP issues/rights and other things to consider.

  10. Comment by Jchang — June 4, 2014 at 11:41 am  

    Hi John, we do have the VUDU forums at https://forum.vudu.com/

  11. Comment by AndyJune 26, 2014 at 7:34 am  

    Can you watch a rented movie at a shared persons locaton, or does this only work for “purchased” movies?

  12. Comment by Jchang — June 26, 2014 at 9:09 am  

    Hi Andy, Share My Movies only works for movies you own, not rentals.

  13. Comment by aprilJune 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm  

    who has to share to see the other persons movies? i want to see someone elses movies. but when i buy a movie i want it on mine.

  14. Comment by aprilJune 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm  

    whos account should you share on . I want to see someone else’s movies but when I buy a movie I want it on my account so and I’ve tried sharing before but nothing happens? We both have accounts in Vudu and in Ultraviolet?

  15. Comment by Jchang — July 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm  

    Hi April,

    If you want to see someone else’s movies, that person should invite you to join his/her UltraViolet Library. Remember only UltraViolet movies and TV shows are shared.

    When you buy on VUDU, you always get the movie/tv show in your VUDU account. The UltraViolet rights, however, go to whichever UltraViolet Library is linked to your account.

    Hope this helps.

  16. Comment by 4saleusa — July 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm  

    I heard this will be shot down soon ?

  17. Comment by Jchang — July 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm  

    Definitely not shutting down anytime soon! Where did you hear that?

  18. Comment by Joe — July 31, 2014 at 9:55 am  

    I linked my moms account and before I did I had 677 movies in my account after I linked hers I only have 102 movies in my account. I don’t get it, and her movies are not showing up in my account either. Any ideas?
    I do have targetticket and flixster connected to my account and those are not showing up anymore either

  19. Comment by Jchang — July 31, 2014 at 10:40 am  

    Hi Joe,

    Sounds like a lot of potential situations. Could you reach out to our support? support @ vudu.com

  20. Comment by Joe — July 31, 2014 at 11:13 am  

    Yes thanks I emailed support today unless there’s a phone number to call?

    Thanks

  21. Comment by Sandy — September 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm  

    I joined a friend’s library which is great & can watch all Her movies. But she can’t see any of mine I already had or purchase now. That is very unfair & I feel very guilty. Is there a way I’m not aware of or be fixed soon ???

  22. Comment by Jchang — September 12, 2014 at 10:31 am  

    Hi Sandy,

    Sharing is only ‘one-way’ for the moment. You would have to leave your friend’s library and invite her to yours for her to watch your movies.

  23. Comment by Anne — October 4, 2014 at 8:43 am  

    Sandy’s question and answer took care of part of my question, but another question I had was how many times can I join another account, and go back to my own? Also, if I am linked to a friend’s library, can I still share my library with someone else? or do I have to be linked to only my library?

  24. Comment by Jchang — October 10, 2014 at 10:43 am  

    Hi Anne,

    UltraViolet’s terms and conditions currently limit the number of times you unlink and link to the same account to two.

    If your VUDU account is linked to a friend’s UltraViolet Library (Person A), you can still have someone else (person B) invited and linked to your own UltraViolet Library. But the movies and TV shows that each person can access will be different.
    For example, you would be able to watch Person A’s UltraViolet movies through VUDU.
    Person B would be able to watch the UltraViolet movies you purchased and have in your UltraViolet Library only. Person B has no access to Person A’s UltraViolet Library.
    And finally, while you still have complete access to all movies you’ve purchased on VUDU through VUDU, if you were using VUDU to watch UltraViolet movies you purchased or obtained through another service, once you link your VUDU account to Person A’s UltraViolet Library, those UltraViolet copies will no longer appear in your VUDU account. You would have to reconnect your VUDU account to your UltraViolet Library, or just visit the other service.

    Hope that helps!

  25. Comment by Stacy — October 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm  

    If someone is sharing there movies with me, can I share with someone else?

  26. Comment by Jchang — October 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm  

    Hi Stacey,

    Technically yes. You can refer to the answer to Anne’s question:

    If your VUDU account is linked to a friend’s UltraViolet Library (Person A), you can still have someone else (person B) invited and linked to your own UltraViolet Library. But the movies and TV shows that each person can access will be different.
    For example, you would be able to watch Person A’s UltraViolet movies through VUDU.
    Person B would be able to watch the UltraViolet movies you purchased and have in your UltraViolet Library only. Person B has no access to Person A’s UltraViolet Library.
    And finally, while you still have complete access to all movies you’ve purchased on VUDU through VUDU, if you were using VUDU to watch UltraViolet movies you purchased or obtained through another service, once you link your VUDU account to Person A’s UltraViolet Library, those UltraViolet copies will no longer appear in your VUDU account. You would have to reconnect your VUDU account to your UltraViolet Library, or just visit the other service.

  27. Comment by Kipford — November 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm  

    If I understand things correctly, if my brother accepts an invitation from me then his Vudu account becomes linked to a new UV account (tied to my account), not the UV account he currently has. So, if he buys an UV movie, it goes into this account and we both have access to it since his new UV account is linked to mine.

    If I were to terminate my Vudu account or otherwise decouple our accounts, would the UV movie(s) that he bought stay in my account but not his? That doesn’t seem like the right result. Would the new UV account for him remain, even though it would no longer be linked to my account, so that he would retain the rights to movies he purchased? Would we both retain access to any UV movies he bought during the time I shared access to my movies with him?

    Thanks for any insight anyone can offer.

  28. Comment by Jchang — November 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm  

    Hi,

    In the scenario you mentioned, the UV movies your brother purchased would always be accessible in two places: his own VUDU account and the UltraViolet Account that he was linked to during time of purchase.

    If you delete your VUDU account, the UltraViolet account still exists and you still would have access to the rights and whatever service you ultimately decide through which to play them. Your brother would also still be connected to the UltraViolet account and still be able to play them through his VUDU account.

    If you ‘decouple’ your UltraViolet account from your VUDU account, you would no longer see in your VUDU library the UltraViolet movies that he purchased. Your brother still is connected to the UltraViolet account and continues to have access.

  29. Comment by RAMEN3856 — November 18, 2014 at 11:10 am  

    Sorry but I need help in clarifying this.
    I had an ultraviolet account…via flixster
    my friend had a vudu account and offered to share his library with me
    i have a vudu account now too
    I enter codes from purchases via my vudu/flixster account
    My friend is able to see them
    My friend now tells me that these movie codes I have entered belong to him and if we un-share I will not see these movies that were downloaded via my vudu username
    is that correct?

  30. Comment by Jchang — November 19, 2014 at 9:45 am  

    Hi Ramen3856,

    Your friend is correct. When you redeem an UltraViolet code, the rights go to the linked UltraViolet Library. If your account was linked to your friend’s UltraViolet Library at that time, the rights stay there. However, you do retain the ‘VUDU rights’ and can always watch and access on VUDU even if you unlink from your friend’s UltraViolet Library.

  31. Comment by Jay1234 — November 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm  

    Now that vudu and Disney movie anyway are working together. Is it possible to share disney movies with another account that I am sharing with?

  32. Comment by Jchang — November 20, 2014 at 10:21 am  

    Hi Jay,

    Share My Movies only works with UltraViolet titles!

  33. Comment by Dawn — November 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm  

    So me and my dad have a linked vudu and every time he buys a Disney vudu for us to share so his grandchildren can watch it never shows up. Supposively it’s a “Disney thing” but sounds like an excuse to not fix the situation. Disney is selling a movie through a program and the program is designed with capability to share that movie and vudu is refusing to fix this sharing mishap. I bought movies on here expecting to have the capability to share as well as my father and now we are stuck with movies we can’t share with each other. Due to the fact that there is nothing warning me before purchase that I will be unable to share because it is a “disney” product I have been mislead and falsely advertised to as a consumer.

  34. Comment by Jchang — November 26, 2014 at 9:21 am  

    Hi Dawn,

    Sorry for the confusion. Share My Movies only works with UltraViolet titles, and Disney has not joined the UltraViolet standard, so VUDU cannot include Disney movies in the Share My Movies program. All movies and TV shows that are UltraViolet compatible have the UltraViolet logo in their title details pages and a message regarding UltraViolet rights appears on the purchase confirmation pop up.

    Hope this helps.

  35. Comment by Ryan Wolf — November 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm  

    Hi,
    I invited my cousin to share my vudu library with me. He did not have a Vudu or UV library before joining mine. I can see movies he redeems via codes or buys on Vudu, but he cannot see movies I have purchased from Vudu. Is this a support issue? I was under the impression that he should be able to watch the movies I buy and vise versa.

  36. Comment by Jchang — December 1, 2014 at 9:12 am  

    Hi Ryan,

    He should be able to see all UltraViolet movies and TV shows. If the title is not UltraViolet, he will not be able to see them.
    Another potential scenario is UltraViolet parental controls, which are set on the ultraviolet site (www.uvvu.com).

    Hope this helps.

  37. Comment by Ryan Wolf — December 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm  

    Okay so not all titles sold on Vudu are necessarily ultraviolet compatible? How can I tell which ones are and aren’t? Because I will just buy the physical movies with a digital copy if that is the case.

  38. Comment by Jenni — December 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm  

    I am linked to my brothers account (person A) as one of the 5 people he shares with. I would like to add a friend (person B) to my share list. I understand that by doing this I will be able to share movies with person A and person B, but that person A and B will not be able to share with each other.

    When I log into my Untraviolet settings I am unable to add person B to my share list; my share list is completely absent. Do you know why this is?

  39. Comment by TCDecember 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm  

    This whole thing is very confusing. It seems that when someone buys a movie, regardless of who’s library they are connected to, it would go into their own UV library, therefore the ownership in every way goes to the person who bought it. I think that is the whole problem here. If each individual was always linked to their own UV library and no matter what retailer they buy their movies from, it saves the rights in their UV library.

    I have a question. Who is in control of the Ultraviolet Organization that determines these rights? Does anyone know? Because they are making this situation very difficult. It could be really easy, but instead they are making it very confusing, hence all of the questions and confusion above. I think Kipford (above) had the right thought on Nov. 1st. These circumstances don’t seem like the right result.

    -TC

  40. Comment by Jchang — December 4, 2014 at 9:08 am  

    Hi Jenni,

    Since you are a member of your brother’s account, you are a member of the UltraViolet account. Only the owner of an UltraViolet Library can see the invitations options. In general, UltraViolet does not allow ‘chain’ sharing. Hope this helps.

  41. Comment by Jchang — December 4, 2014 at 9:12 am  

    Thanks TC,

    UltraViolet is run by a consortium called DECE, and consists of a range of companies from studios to technology companies. Please continue to give feedback, as we can then use these comments to help push for simpler, streamlined consumer experiences!

  42. Comment by Jenni — December 4, 2014 at 11:08 am  

    Jchang,

    If that is the case. How does this (taken from earlier in the feed) come into play:

    “If your VUDU account is linked to a friend’s UltraViolet Library (Person A), you can still have someone else (person B) invited and linked to your own UltraViolet Library. But the movies and TV shows that each person can access will be different.
    For example, you would be able to watch Person A’s UltraViolet movies through VUDU.
    Person B would be able to watch the UltraViolet movies you purchased and have in your UltraViolet Library only. Person B has no access to Person A’s UltraViolet Library.”

    I appreciate your response, but I’m not sure it’s quite what I’m referring to. It sounds like I am adding movies to my brothers Ultraviolet account rather than my own. I don’t think this is quite right as my Ultraviolet account is registered under my name. I see what my brother adds from his Ultraviolet account and he sees what I add from mine (with the exception of Disney movies).

    I think, if the above excerpt is true, that there must be a way that I can be linked to my brothers account- I see his he sees mine- and also link a third person to my own- I see theirs they see mine- but they do not see my brother’s.

  43. Comment by Jchang — December 4, 2014 at 11:38 am  

    Hi Jenni,

    For clarity, Share My Movies works with two things: An UltraViolet Library and VUDU account. A VUDU account can only be linked to one UltraViolet Library at a time.
    Since you connected your VUDU account to your brother’s UltraViolet Library, and cannot see any invitation options, I believe you are a what can be considered a “member” of the UltraViolet library with your own account name and login, but with limited invitation privileges (this is controlled on the uvvu.com site).

    When you redeem or purchase UltraViolet titles on VUDU, the UltraViolet rights are assigned to the UltraViolet Library linked to your VUDU account at that time. In this case your brother’s UltraViolet Library. You maintain the digital rights on VUDU. When both you and he purchase UltraViolet titles, you are each seeing them in your own VUDU accounts because they are connected to a single UltraViolet library.
    If you disconnected your VUDU account from his UltraViolet Library, you would see all the titles you have purchased on VUDU, including UltraViolet ones, because you retain the VUDU digital copy rights. The UltraViolet rights, though, are in his UltraViolet Library.

    If you create or had previously created your own UltraViolet Library, you can disconnect from your brother’s UltraViolet Library and relink to your own. As the owner, you can then invite others to join your UltraViolet Library. Please note that any UltraViolet movies you had purchased when your VUDU account was linked to your brother’s UltraViolet Library will not be viewable to the persons you invite to your own/personal UltraViolet Library. Only UltraViolet titles you purchase when you are linked to your own UltraViolet Library will be visible to your invited friend.

    You can invite your friend to your UltraViolet Library, then unlink and link to your brother’s Ultraiolet Library, thereby having your friend connected to your UltraViolet Library while you are connected to your brother’s. However, new titles you purchase while within this set of linked Libraries and accounts will only be viewable to you and your brother.

    Hope this helps. If you have more questions, you may find some answers in our FAQs. http://www.vudu.com/support.html?supportPage=answers/list/search/1/kw/ultraviolet/search/1

  44. Comment by JesseDecember 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm  

    I invited a friend to my library and he can see all my movies. I cannot see his that were previously purchased but will i be able to see his purchases now that our accounts are shared?

  45. Comment by Jchang — December 8, 2014 at 9:29 am  

    Hi Jesse,

    You can see his UltraViolet purchases only. You can see if a title is UltraViolet compatible by looking at the title detail pages and looking for the UltraViolet icon.

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