Limited Play DVD's - Son of DivX? Please, God, No!!!

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  1. Scott Barnhart

    Scott Barnhart Stunt Coordinator

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    It seems as if a couple of companies are on the road to creating DVD's that deteriorate after a few days and sell for about the price of a rental, bringing back bad memories of DivX. Read all about it on Slashdot
     
  2. Jerome Grate

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    I DON'T F****ING BELIEVE IT. DIVX MUST HAVE 6TH DAY CAPABILITIES, DAMN THEM FOR EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Mike_G

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    Why won't these idiots in their big corporate suites understand that the people don't want crap like this?

    Bad for the environment

    DVDs are so damn cheap that we don't need crap like this

    Been done with disposable VHS. Is that still around? No.

    Why can't they put their efforts into something more practical?

    Mike
     
  4. Jerome Grate

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    Well, I hope my post wasn't to offensive, I just went ballistic, and then realize we like to keep it a family forum. But the the whole thing is just awful[​IMG]
     
  5. Carlo Medina

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    Vote with your dollars (or lack thereof). That's what killed Divx (spit!) and that's what will kill this.
     
  6. Peter Kline

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    This concept was bandied about over a year ago when a company mentioned it had developed such a DVD. Won't happen because the consumer is more knowledgeable now. This is just another form of rental. Land fill here we come!
     
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    Yeah, I do not see this as such a bad thing really. At least not for DVD. For the environment, however, it sucks. I mean we really do not need a disposable format.

    As far as I understood when I first read about it many months ago, it would be completely compatible with current DVD players. So no real problem there.

    Like Peter said, it is just another rental model. Not such a bad thing to give the major rental chains a run for there money. However, like I said, I hope it does not succeed simply due to the disposable factor.

    C. Ryan
     
  8. bill lopez

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    I remember everyone all glad when Divix went bust, but they sure seem to have left a Mummy's Curse of some kind.[​IMG]
     
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    This is nothing to get worked up over...really.
    They can't use a different form of copy protection or the discs will not play in current players, therefore all this will do is actually increase the amount of piracy with people buying $3 discs, DeCSSing them and burning a new copy.
    It may take awhile, but the studios will notice that, and it will die rather quickly.
    Nothing to get riled up over.
     
  10. Mark Walker

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    That is just what I was thinking:

    Bootleggers will LOVE this!

    Buy one DVD for $3.00, rip it, and

    bootleg away!

    STUDIOS, DO NOT BUY INTO DISPOSABLE DVD!

    Mark
     
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    Someone will probably invent some sort of spray (some chemical) that will stop the deterioration process and make a permanent DVD. And yes, DVD Pirates would EAT THIS UP if it ever came out (which I don't see... the studios aren't THAT dumb [​IMG]
     
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    AGAIN?

    I thought this self-destructing disc idea (which first popped up last year or the year before) had died a quiet, natural death.

    Then there's the "add watermarks to DVDs, and force still more copy protection junk into DVD players and recorders" story that popped up on CNET the other day.

    Wasn't watermarked video one of the "features" of DIVX?
     
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    Hey, maybe someone can go bankrupt this time! [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
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    Wasn't watermarked video one of the "features" of DIVX?

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    Yes, even though it used TRIPLE-DES for encryption instead of the lame DeCSS. Triple-DES is currently unbreakable, but still threw in watermarks, macrovision, region coding, etc,etc....

    And they wonder why it failed??

    -Nick
     
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    What was bad about Divx (besides P&S) was the Big Brother factor. This doesn't have that.

    It seems pretty convenient to me. I get the disc while near the place anyway, start the rental period anytime after that, and don't have to worry about returning it or late fees.

    But, like others have said, it seems very environmental unfriendly. It would also suck if the disc became unreadable while you were watching.

     
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    I really don't see the big deal either. So what if the studios want to compete in the rental arena more, that is what this is for. Who is against someone making money here?

    Sheesh, come on people. This isn't DIVX. As for the landfill argument, someone better tell AOL about that cause I still get aol coasters all the time in the mail.

    I can see that this would be really convienant for people who love to rent all the time.
     
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    The BIG DEAL will come once studios begin using this technology to introduce the "DVD rental period". They would release new films exclusively onto this format for the period of the rental-only window. There would be no "normal" DVD released along with these half-breed DVD’s. This would bring it right back to the Divx model in that titles would not be available for unlimited viewing. You would have to lay out another $4.00 for each 48 hour viewing window.

    This would be the ultimate method to begin forcing Blockbuster out of the rental monopoly. These discs could be sold at any store and the studios would not have to worry about renting the movies out and dealing with returns. They would no longer need Blockbuster to deal with this end of the business.

    Whether this is where the studios are heading is another question. I hope they aren't that foolish.
     
  20. Blu

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    That is a HUGE assumption that has no basis in fact not to mention the studios DO know Divx failed miserably. I see no threat to our favorite format.
     

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