Hollywood is going to blow it with HD

posted by Jeff | Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11:01 AM | comments: 2

If you read the stories about what Hollywood wants in terms of copy protection for the new DVD formats (and yes, there are two of them), you can see that no one there gets it. What a bunch of morons.

In the quest to lock this shit up as tight as they can, they're killing the technology and driving people to get their content elsewhere. No one is going to want to deal with the hassle of these various copy protection schemes, let alone buy all kinds of hardware to support it.

In fact, the physical medium of a disc is in itself silly. Look at what has happened with music. CD's are quickly becoming a dying breed. I haven't bought a CD in almost two years. Yes, I have to deal with some DRM buying online, but it's relatively simple and in many cases easy to remove entirely.

Wake up Hollywood. People will pay for content. People who steal it will find ways to steal it anyway. Don't make things a nightmare for us.


Ryan, February 16, 2006, 5:39 PM #

This is a source of great frustration for me. They are fussing with all this copy protection that will be hacked in two months time. And how much money are they really loosing to pirates? The people pirating DVDs and seeding them with Bit Torrent won't buy them anyway.

The fact that I won't be able to ever watch High Def DVDs on my home built PC is ridiculous.

They treat the people who purchase their content like criminals, its disgusting.

Onceler, February 16, 2006, 5:58 PM #

Ryan - from what I understand, that is only 1/2 true... you will need to pirate the data to watch it on your home built pc.

What I am looking forward to in all this is creating a centrally located media server/storage that will output to any tv in my house at any time. And what the MPAA and Hollywood and all the bitches in those organasations want to do just pushes this dream off a few more years. This is something that I have wanted as soon as I had a Tivo hooked up to one of my tv's but either didnt feel like investing the time in hacking a Tivo that was going good, or invested in a HDTV and am now waiting for the electronics industry and all to catch up.

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