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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    Former Sony Fanboy, 17 Apr 2007 @ 6:31am

    I was a Fanboy, I admit. Loved my PS1, bought a PS2, and was working in a Video game store when the PS2s started getting disc read errors. After talking to many Sony reps over the phone to help customers, my image of Sony was tainted because they claimed there was nothing wrong with the PS2s. Bullshit. We would replace 10-12 PS2's a week in that store. My Sony Viao laptop stopped working on my twice, and still was randomly crashing. Overheat issues - the next model they built had extra vents in the bottom and sides. But my POS Viao, they wouldn't do anything about...Dell batteries made by Sony that could explode, PS3 dissapoints, and my copy of Stranger than Fiction that wont work in my Dell computer, Xbox 360, or my Samsung DVD player.

    It's been 5 years (other than the media - Movie Music etc.) I have given up on I'm done with Movies...what a complete waste of money all the way around. How this friggin company is still afloat is beyond me. Lets all hope that Blu-Ray finishes them off

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