Avatar Blu-Ray Customers Not Enjoying Their DRM-Crippled Discs

from the annoying-your-customers-doesn't-stop-piracy dept

The film studios apparently should have spent as much time making sure their DVD new release DRM actually works with popular Blu-Ray players as they did on their new 28 day new release delay scheme. Avatar, which of course Netflix and Redbox users now won't be able to rent for a month, was released on DVD last Friday. While the title's hype and box office success easily translated to disc sales records, AdamR writes in to note that some customers were rewarded for their purchase by finding out the disc wouldn't play on many Blu-Ray players. While some users are able to fix the problem if they can manage to download new firmware that plays nice with the new Avatar DRM, new firmware for players like the Samsung BD-UP5000 doesn't (and may not ever) exist. It's almost as if the studios are trying to perfect the art of annoyance when it comes to Blu-Ray -- something that has helped contribute to the platform's less-than-anticipated adoption rates. While DVDs have always been loaded with unskippable crap (that ironically pirates don't have to deal with) newer Blu-Ray DVDs seem to enjoy taking this to an entirely new level -- with even more unskippable previews, promotions and warnings downloaded to your player via broadband.  Somehow the studios continue to believe that layers of seemingly-endless annoyances (DRM, delaying new releases, unskippable "features" -- none of which pirates experience) are actually going to help keep piracy at bay and physical media relevant forever.

 

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Apr 2010 @ 1:24am

    Re: the easy mostly legal way

    what is the file size of the avatar bluray?
    In australia, a potentially large file would cause issues in a couple of ways -
    1 - downloading a full bluray image would take days, I imagine. I have never tried it, just the thought of it gives me headaches.
    2 - downloading something like a full bluray image would almost certainly decimate most people bandwidth caps, which would result in dial up speeds for the remainder of the download/month.

    I know it is different in America (I assume your location), but even then it still isnt legal. The point remains that studios are breaking peoples experiences, for a movie they are really excited about.

    Is it even legal for them to change the DRM restrictions so that it wont play on existing bluray players?

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