Sony DRM Making DVDs Not Work In Many DVD Players?

from the lessons-not-learned dept

Over the weekend, Slashdot pointed to various reports suggesting that the new DRM used on certain Sony DVDs means those DVDs no longer play on certain DVD players. If true (and there appears to be many people who have experienced the problem) it would suggest that Sony still hasn't quite figured out from previous experience that DRM is a huge market killer for them. It is taking away value from their products while doing absolutely nothing to add value to their product. This should be obvious to just about anyone -- but it appears that it still hasn't permeated the brains of entertainment industry execs. It would be nice if a Sony exec (from any branch of the company) could explain how DRM benefits customers, rather than pisses them off. Update: It appears that Sony has now said it's fixing the problem with the DRM it's using.

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    Overcast, 17 Apr 2007 @ 6:28am

    The tougher DRM gets for LEGITIMATE customers, the more apt those legit customers are to start looking on the web.

    You know what I'd would do, if I bought a DVD that wouldn't play on my DVD player? Well - since I bought the movie... I'd go find it on Torret DL the damn thing and burn it to a DVD. Toss the original on the shelf and watch the movie.

    Now... on the next purchase, I might start to wonder if it's really worth buying it.

    Sony's trying to sell products that are broken~~
    To Customers that are paying CASH
    The ripped movie's already on the web, I'm sure.

    So who are they hurting?

    The customer who pays - just like with their audio CD's installing rootkits.

    It took me 2 hours of company time to clean that up off a user's PC. Our business thanks Sony for the time they have waisted. Had the user just been playing MP3's and not a purchased CD, that would have never happened.

    No wonder people just want to download crap, for years and years they have gouged us on price, now they are twisting the knife because they are losing grip.

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