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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    Buzz, 17 Apr 2007 @ 3:16pm

    DRM :(

    Let's imagine that a song is selling at an online store for $1. Let's also imagine that they sell two versions of that song: one with DRM and one without. Which do you think people are going to choose? It should be quite apparent that the DRM-free version is higher value. Who in their right mind would prefer freedom restrictions?

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