Google To Make Video Services More Annoying After Buying DRM Company?

from the seriously? dept

You would think that the folks over at Google would know by now what a joke DRM is — especially after the company’s disastrous foray into server-based DRM on its original Google Video platform that required users to “check in” before they could watch videos they thought they had “purchased.” However, Google made some news this week by buying DRM vendor Widevine. It’s no secret why the company did so: it wants to appease the big entertainment companies, promising that it’s “protecting” their works and trying to sign big dollar deals to distribute their content via YouTube or the as-yet-unannounced Google Music offering. But, still, it’s unfortunate that (even if it’s demanded by these companies) Google would legitimize technology that purposely is designed to destroy value for consumers.

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Comments on “Google To Make Video Services More Annoying After Buying DRM Company?”

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Mr. Oizo says:

Re: Not sure

Something that has been bothering me about youtube for a while now is clicking on a video then to get the message that this video ‘can’t be played in your country due to whatever’. Well, it would have been much more interesting not to list that video in the first place.

So I’m not sure google is always coming up with good services.

ts says:

I hate DRM just as much as everyone else, but I hate not being able to watch content even more. I can see the need for DRM (sorta) for streaming media, but it should be kept out of media that is purchased. For example, I can totally understand why Netflix should be made so it’s impossible (very hard) to copy movies that you stream. However, if I purchase music or movies online, I should be able to copy to any device I own without jumping through hoops.

Spaceman Spiff (profile) says:

Producers (read MPAA/RIAA labels & studios) demand it

In order for Google to get a lot of video streaming sites (Netflix for example) to put their applications on the Android market, they need “robust” (aka mainstream) DRM for the devices. This is one way for them to be able to entice those providers to hookup with the Android AppStore. You don’t have to like DRM (I hate it and won’t do business with anyone who requires it), but it is a fact of life right now… šŸ™

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