Disney's disposable DVD to hit test markets Sept 8

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  1. Keith Paynter

    Keith Paynter Screenwriter

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    As if Walmart and Zellers haven't dumbed down DVD to the 'great unwashed' enough, in a move reminiscent of Circuit City's DIVX debacle, Disney is carrying out their plan to issue self-destructing DVD.

    Once the discs are exposed to oxygen, the discs turn black after 48 hours, making them unusable.

    Yahoo! News

    This is an environmental travesty.

    Disney's EZ-D site.

    I'm sure everyone will rush out to buy a disposable version of The Hot Chick or Frida.
     
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    "Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it".

    DIVX II

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  3. Philip Hamm

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    I think that's "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it". And entirely appropriate in this case.
     
  4. mark alan

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    We need somebody in one of the four test markets to buy a disc and test a method to coat the disc and stop the decay. I don't see why the protective coating you spray on color printer photos wouldn't work since it is completely clear and prevents oxygen from reaching the surface.

    I figure if people easily defeat the self destruct feature, they will drop this whole idea.
     
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    Mark,

    (In the words of Arte Johnson)

    "Veeeeeellly interesting"

    Wonder if that would work.

    Interesting to see if this backfires in
    Disney's face. I can see people finding
    ways to defeat the oxidation process.
     
  6. Jeff_HR

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    Just don't buy the discs. If the sales totals are bad enough, that should get rid of them.
     
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    I don't advocate piracy, but these discs are a lower-cost base for people to work from. I read in one article that they hope the lower price keeps piracy down. What a stupid statement - the lower price is a moot point since the disc only lasts for 48 hours!

    Also, can you see nasty little children (or adults) poking holes in the packaging?

    Rental stores give you movies for a week - these don't even last THAT long, and cost 2x as much.

    This is going to be a nightmare.

    Mike
     
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    Absolutely unbelieveable. I sent the EPA an email telling them of this (which I'm sure they already know about) and voicing my concerns.

    Tom
     
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  12. mark alan

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    In case anyone wants to test out the self-destruct (and possibly ways to stop the oxidation) the cities are

    Austin, Texas; Peoria/Bloomington, Illinois; Charleston, South Carolina; and Kansas City, Missouri
     
  13. Marc Colella

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    What concerns me is that if these disposable DVDs take off, and Blockbuster and Rogers decide to go with them 100% - then that'll mean the end to purchasing Previously Viewed DVDs from these stores.

    They have some really good prices on their previously viewed DVDs, and most of the stuff I purchase are foreign and independant films that barely get rented (no explosions I guess) - so they're usually in incredible condition.

    I'll have no choice but to purchase a brand spanking new DVD for a much higher price every single time. Used CD/DVD shops are an alternative, but they usually price their DVDs not much cheaper than new.

    I only purchase Previsouly Viewed DVDs from time to time, but I know a few people who's collection basically consist of Previously Viewed DVDs.
     
  14. DaViD Boulet

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    Block buster won't use disposable discs.

    This is Disney's way of trying to compete with them for a share of the rental market. Most disposable discs will probably be sold next the candy-racks in the supermarket lines.

    -dave
     
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    What causes the discs to corrode? Air?

    If so... what stops me from putting it into a Super Saver bag and getting ~12 uses out of it? [​IMG]
     
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    I live in one of the test markets (Peoria), so if I happen upon one of the discs I might buy it to do a little "testing." [​IMG]
     
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    Folks, just occured to me:

    Buy the discs. Watch the movies. then return them becuase they are "defective" and can't play the next day and tell the store that you want a refund.

    After all, we don't want to contribute to the sales-count figures!



    [​IMG]
     
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    Unfortunately, the coating won't work because even 1 second of oxygen exposure starts the process. But WHY would anyone pay $7 for a 2 day rental?[​IMG]
     

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