One More Nail In The Next Generation DVD Effort: Cumbersome Copy Protection

from the are-they-serious? dept

The effort (and the ongoing standards battle) for next generation DVDs is going to end up being a case study in what not to do in trying to move a technology forward. We've already covered the pointless standards battle that is dragging adoption out well beyond what was needed for these new systems to become a success. We've also pointed out that, as people move away from disc-based storage, these offerings become inherently less compelling. However, adding yet another nail to the coffin of next generation DVDs is incredibly cumbersome copy protection, that suggests many people are going to have trouble actually playing these new DVDs. That's just what the industry needs in trying to convince people to adopt yet another new format: beyond consumer confusion over the two competing formats, there's a decent chance that the version they pick won't work properly with certain equipment. The powers that be are acting as if next generation DVDs are a foregone conclusion that everyone will automatically adopt, rather than a new format with many alternatives that actually has to add significant value before people will buy into it. It's not like this is difficult to figure out. The next generation DVD supporters just need to look at next generation CD attempts, like SACD to see where this is headed.

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  1. identicon
    Jason, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 10:29am

    Next gen DVD

    100% agree!!! I'm watching this whole fiasco unfold and can't understand how those involved can be so blind.

    I for one am building a 2TB+ NAS for my living room. Who cares about fragile plastic discs?

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    Mike, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 11:04am

    I will probably die of a heart attack....

    ... from laughing so hard when all their vaunted copy protection is broken within weeks (or even days) of being released.

    This is exactly the reason why I waited a couple years before getting a CD burner and again before getting a DVD burner. I eventually ended up purchasing, but not until the format wars had settled down.

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    Malika Kulika Muhala Muhamed, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 11:09am

    Copy Protection

    While the DVD industry looses billions on new media and formats, all it takes is a simple update to DVDshrink so the mass can copy the new format, then what? another new format?

    Here is what I recommend, just let it go .. because you will loose either way.

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    Unstoppable!, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 12:32pm

    I like to use this ... Unstoppable DVD Copier ...

    I just use this Unstoppable Copier It doesn't matter what the format of the media is, as long as you can play it on something you can copy it! Bring on the next generation, then the next, I could care less. If it can be sent to my TV, it can be copied!

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    dan wendell, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Copy Protection

    the word is lose

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    TrojanMAAAAN, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Copy Protection

    way to add value to the conversation Dano.

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 2:48pm

    Re: Copy Protection


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  8. identicon
    Anonymous of Course, Feb 19th, 2006 @ 6:32pm

    New DVD standard

    I'm sure it will be as successful
    as DAT tape.

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  9. identicon
    Stoppable, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 10:23am

    Re: I like to use this ... Unstoppable DVD Copier

    That's the point of AACS. You will *NOT* be able to use that if AACS is implemented in BluRay. All your precious little S-Video and Component inputs will not work with your new $1000 DVD player. You must buy a separate digital cable to go with it.

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  10. identicon, Oct 10th, 2006 @ 11:20am

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