Thursday, August 10, 2006

Burn Baby Burn...

I'm like some kind of weird Nostra-dumbass (to steal a word from another famous Scott). I was talking about downloading movies and how it sucks that right now only porno maker Vivid allows you to put their downloaded smut on DVD. Well according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer soon you will be able to walk into a store, up to a kiosk and dl and burn a movie.

The DVD Copy Control Association (hereafter known as DVDCCA) will be relaxing copy protection on DVDs. MovieLink and CinemaNow currently allow burning to DVD, but the result doesn't work on all DVD players. That will require the DVDCCA to work with disc manufacturers and produce compliant discs.

With all this alphabet soup and bureaucracy don't expect it to happen overnight. I'm sure (thanks to lawyers) that it will still take a great amount of time and money. I also expect that NetFlix, BlockBuster and anyone who doesn't want to get Left Behind will need to ramp up their plans along these lines. Personally I think their settop box idea makes more sense, but then having a physical disc isn't a big deal to me as long as I can watch the movie.

UPDATE: Apparently CinemaNow service sucks and not just due to format issues. The software causes most DVD players to be unable to play the DVDs.


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