Slysoft To Discontinue Lifetime Subscriptions for AnyDVD

by Damian on November 26, 2010 · 13 comments

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If  you rip your DVD/BluRay collection to your hard drive you undoubtedly know about Slysoft’s AnyDVD software, which removes the encryption from discs enabling the user to easily copy over. AnyDVD is also an integral tool for many third party applications such as Clown_BD and Another EAC3To GUI. Even if you don’t backup your DVD collection I highlighted another reason of why you would want your disk decrypted here. Many people who have purchased AnyDVD in the past were able to get the lifetime subscription which meant that future upgrades (which are always needed for new protection schemes)  were always included. Slysoft has just announced that they will be discontinuing the lifetime subscription model on January 01, 2011. Fortunately the consumer still has a month to get in, and as an incentive Slysoft is providing a 20% discount. For full details, see below:

As of January 1st, 2011, SlySoft will discontinue the 'lifetime' update
subscription.  This is being announced well in advance to give everybody
a final opportunity to acquire SlySoft products and product upgrades
with lifetime free updates and renew limited subscriptions to lifetime.
To make your decision even easier, you'll get a 20% discount, applicable
to all products including upgrades from AnyDVD to AnyDVD HD and renewals
of update subscriptions for all SlySoft products.
This promotion is only valid until Friday, December 31 2010, so if you
are entertaining the thought of purchasing one or more of our products,
now is the right time to act ...
If you plan to upgrade an AnyDVD license to AnyDVD HD, please do so prior
to purchasing subscription renewals:
Please use this link to renew the update subscriptions of your products:
Other SlySoft products and renewals are available from our purchase page:
We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas season,
Your SlySoft Team

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Paul Cole November 26, 2010 at 5:21 am

Hmm, I’m sure they’ve announced the same thing in the past as I remember buying AnyDVD a couple of years ago because I wanted to get it before the lifetime subscription model stopped, perhaps it’s just a marketing ploy?

Damian November 26, 2010 at 5:24 am

Hard to say, I do recall a few years ago there was speculation that the lifetime subscription would be killed. I wonder if the extra development that needs to go into AnyDVD (especially with Cinavia rearing its ugly head) is the reason for this?

cskenney November 26, 2010 at 6:28 am

Lifetime subscription models don’t provide for a very good revenue stream to keep paying the bills.

Jeremy Gollehon November 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

Uhm… Yeah. Just checked my email and I bought my license on Jan, 10th 2009. The last time they announced lifetime subscriptions were being discontinued.

Mark November 27, 2010 at 7:47 am

Offer is not the same, 2 years ago they only offered lifetime subs at the time and they switched to offer the current offereings, which allows you to buy lifetime and time based subscriptions. Now they are doing away completely with lifetime updates.

Molly November 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

If you already have a subscription (got mine in 2006), will it still be good? Do I need to do anything to continue getting the updates?

Molly November 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

Never mind. The answer to my own question is: Yes, if you’ve already purchased the forever license, it will still be good. The discontinuance of the lifetime upgrades applies to new purchases only.

Don November 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I don’t know that much about ripping software. Is AnyDVD the best or just one in the crowd? I plan to start moving my collection to my MSS sometime in the next few months and will need something that will work.

Damian November 29, 2010 at 5:42 am

Just off the top of my head there are a few choices. First, to be able to rip your DVD/BluRay collection the disk needs to be decrypted, which is what AnyDVD does. The 3 options that seem to be the most reliable are AnyDVD, DVDFab, and MakeMKV. MakeMKV is a great program but it can only be used to create mkvs and cannot be used in combination with other programs. AnyDVD and DVDFab (using Passkey) can both run in the background, decrypting your disk so you can then use any program you want to rip.

All 3 programs offer trial versions so I would recommend testing out each one and then deciding which fits best with your needs and setup

John Pombrio November 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I have AnyDVD HD lifetime and use it a LOT. AnyDVD is really only used for TWO things. One is to BREAK the DVD’s (and Blu Ray) protection on the fly so another program can copy or rip the physical disk for backup purposes.
The other feature is to “rip” an .iso copy of the physical disk to a hard drive. This last is only good when your media player or HTPC supports running a virtual DVD drive or will play an .iso file (not many do).
For physical media backup, AnyDVD and Slysoft’s CloneDVD2 is a perfect match and works 100% of the time, every time.
I have yet to come up with a way to rip my physical DVDs to use on some sort of media box that contains a hard drive built in. My next big project and I am testing a bunch of programs. In the meantime, I cannot recommend any media box as they all have some sort of limitation or lack an easy way to catalog the disks. Instead, I am using HTPCs and All My Movies to catalog and run rips. EXPENSIVE way to go and has all the limitations of running a full computer just to watch a movie.

John Pombrio November 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I bought lifetime subscriptions for both AnyDVD HD and CloneDVD. The bundled price right now for those two with lifetime sub is about $150. They work together seamlessly and the burns are perfect 100% of the time, every time. There are literally dozens of updates to AnyDVD HD a year and Slysoft is an extremely diligent and trustworthy company. Highly recommended with no reservations (not many companies I say THAT about, heh).

Adeymama August 17, 2012 at 3:32 am

If they cant defeat cinavia then surely this software isnt fit for purpose. Too expensive for what you get in return.

AGogley October 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

They still seem to be selling lifetime subscriptions on their website. So glad I bought mine last year.

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