DRM Prevents AppleTV From Working On Some Hardware

from the thank-you,-DRM dept

Kevin Stapp writes "The infinite wisdom of the entertainment industry has decided to place DRM on AppleTV downloads that can make the content incompatible with many hardware configurations. If your hardware doesn't support HDCP you can't watch content you legitimately rented via AppleTV. Now that's a great way to treat a PAYING customer." This seems to happen all too frequently these days. DRM isn't being used to prevent copying, but it sure does make life a lot more difficult for users. Whatever happened to Steve Jobs being against DRM? Oh, right, that was only for music, not video.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2008 @ 10:07am

    Re: duh!

    Now, see, you're joking, but think about it. If you're smart, you read the contract when you buy a car. If you're smart, you also buy a car once every, what, five or ten years? And if you don't like the contract, you can argue the point, negotiate a new one, or take your business elsewhere.

    EULAs have lots of problems, as was pointed out on TechDirt earlier. If you're reading it, you've probably already agreed to it ("By opening this package, you have agreed to..). If you're up on technology, you might be getting new software every couple of months or so; even if you aren't, odds are the EULA's changing on you that fast any ways. If you don't like it, you're stuck: you can't negotiate a EULA. And you probably can't take your business elsewhere, either: AppleTV, if not unique, is fairly cutting-edge with little competition.

    Oh, wait, that's right. The Pirate Bay IS taking your business elsewhere. They offer the product you want, high-definition, easy to use, easy to manage. The big companies are devaluing their product my making it less-usable for consumers. They're making their car run on helium, and they're getting hardware manufactures to set up helium stations, and they're calling you a criminal if you use gas or ride a bike.

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