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 @ 8:54am

    Re: Re: Re: the easy mostly legal way

    Sweet Jeebus, your post is so full of stupid I don't know where to begin.

    DVD is not uncompressed. DVD uses MPEG-2, which is a form of lossy compression. Given, it's perceptual and high-enough bitrate that it looks good and can even be comrpessed further with good results, but it's not uncompressed or even losslessly compressed video.

    DRM does not bloat the file size by 300%. In fact, it doesn't affect the file size in any significant way whatsoever.

    As far as those "chunks" go, the main reason you see VOB files smaller than 2 GiB is because at the time the DVD format was specified, many operating systems and utilities had problems dealing with files larger than that. I'm not sure how BR disks are laid out, but so called "large file" support is the norm now, so there's no reason to have a single stream in more than 1 file.

    What's more, BR discs are normally 25 or 50 GiB (for SL vs. DL discs). That's a lot more than 2-3 2 GiB "chunks".

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