Posted September 09 2003 - 04:56 PM
I'll just repost my original statements in the original thread regarding this abomination. (The quotes are also from the original thread.)
So, shall we all start to make wagers regarding how long it will take for Disney to make this their DVD standard, particularly on kids' titles?
Better yet! Let's guess how many pieces of non-biodegradeable plastic will now be added to the world's landfills each year because of this revolutionary new idea!
And what about disc cases that managed to get damaged in shipping or storage so that the 48-hour period starts before the customer actually goes to watch the disc?
Then of course we have the customers who will open the case, not reading the instructions to not open the case until they actually plan on watching the movie, and then complaining why their disc is unreadable a week after purchase.
Yessir, this is so-o-o much better than just renting a DVD locally or through NetFlix -- and with NetFlix you don't even have to go past your mailbox!
Disney just can't seem to get away from the Circuit City DIVX mentality, can they?
| I see there will be some sort of recycling program. |
These will ONLY be as good as those people who take part in said recycling program. I see that as being a dismal failure. If less than 10% of people who qualify for rebates actually take advantage of rebates wheer there is a financial incentive to the customer, I have a very difficult time believing that recycling, where there will be no financial benefit to the customer, will entice more than 5% of their customers.
The only way that this could really be recyclable for most consumers to want to utilize it is if they're type 1 or type 2 plastic (some areas recycle type 6 from what I understand) and that the chemicals that are being used are bio-degradable. That way the discs can be thrown in with your milk jugs and soda bottles. I am not a chemist or plastics molecular engineer; however, I find it very hard to believe that such chemicals can/will be bio-degradeable and that type 1 and 2 plastic can withstand the pressures, such as centrifugal forces of the disc spinning, that are necessary for a DVD to properly operate.
But that again assumes that your municipality even has a recycling program.
This whole notion makes a hell of a lot of assumptions, most or all of which are improperly made.
Depending on how they're packaged, even just a small needle might be enough to activate the coating, unless they put on layers and layers of packaging which could make it more of a hassle to open, thereby losing customer interest.
| Or how about some sort of clear coating to "proof" the disc so the disc coating doesn't self-destruct yet it can still be read by the laser? |
The only possibility of that would be to open the disc while submersed in whatever proofing chemical would work, like clear polyurethane or something like that to create a boundary, or to create a chemical that will halt the color change process while it's activated. Personally, I'd rather buy the real thing.
I'm sure that they're going to make sure that basic household chemicals won't work for that, though. If they don't research that, they're fools.