wardialer
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New Self-destruct DVDs

Sat May 17, 2003 3:19 pm

When you rent out DVDs, instead of returning them after 2 days the DVD will start to oxidize itself.

Heres how it works. The DVDs are packed in a vacuum and when you opened them up the chemicals on the DVDs will slowly start to oxidize within 2 days.

Clever, but the only downside is that its a waste of resources. Disney is experimenting with these as we speak.
 
L-188
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sat May 17, 2003 3:23 pm

Doesn't surprise me.

The media companies are desperate to try and sell their wares on an "As use" basis. This is one way to accomplish that.

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artsyman
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sat May 17, 2003 3:58 pm

The media companies are desperate to try and sell their wares on an "As use" basis. This is one way to accomplish that
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While I am as guilty as the next guy in that I download lots of free music etc, if we were not copying every dvd, cd, mp3 like they were going out of style, then the record companies wouldn't need to do this sort of thing

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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sat May 17, 2003 4:08 pm

No, it is more then that Artsyman.

It it was just that then the hollywood studios would have gone out of buisness twenty years ago when the VCR and BETA recorders came out.

The recording industry at this time does not want to admit that they have a lousy product and are blaming FTP and filesharers for this.
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victech
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sat May 17, 2003 7:59 pm

This is just DIVX reborn. The companies don't want us to use our media indefinitely, so I predict that they'll eventually switch over to SpectraDisc and Flexplay. Of course, nothing prevents you from copying the DVD during the play period...
 
CPH-R
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sat May 17, 2003 9:27 pm

One thing though, how the heck are they going to stop the disc from self-destructing? And won't the price go through the roof, since they'll have to make a disc for every person who'll want to rent them?
 
ybacpa
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sun May 18, 2003 12:46 am

The price of CDs and DVDs is incredibly cheap... I'd guess the mass produced ones, including production, only cost a fraction of a cent each to produce (think about it: retail CDRs cost 10 cents each). The discs don't self destruct until exposed to air. The big problem is as Victech mentioned: nothing is stopping you from copying the disc while it is still playable. The industry tried to create a copy proof CD a few years ago, but it was a horrible flop (if I remember correctly, all it took was a cheap felt tip pen run around the rim of the disc to defeat the copy protection.).
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Matt D
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sun May 18, 2003 2:22 am

The recording industry at this time does not want to admit that they have a lousy product and are blaming FTP and filesharers for this.

I agree that they DO have lousy products (and have so since about 1991). But the Fatal Flaw in this equation is that there is still a market for this mediocrity. The fact that you all pirate this stuff is clear indication that you WANT it. So why shouldn't the recording companies do anything and everything they can to collect?

If you people were REALLY SERIOUS about putting the kibash on all of this, then you'd change your tastes away from "mainstream". You would not be pirating Top 40 music or Top 10 movies (or even attending the movies for that matter). And a "successful" movie would be one that grossed a whopping $5 million.


Put another way, you scream and moan about how "Brittney Spears" and "The Matrix" suck, and "why do they keep ripping us off?", all while attending Brittney Spears concerts and seeing "The Matrix" at your local theater.


So don't sit there and think you're not partially to blame. I agree that what the Entertainment Industry puts out is horrible. The movies suck, and the CD's are hideously overpriced. But as long as YOU continue to create a demand for this stuff, then this "war" will be fought forever.
 
srbmod
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Sun May 18, 2003 3:34 am

DIVX was a different type technology, which basically once you played it you had a set amount of time in which to watch it, and after that point you had to pay a purchase price in order to "own" the DVD, an watch it any further (kind of like the way some games you can download for free for a set amount of time, but after that, you have to buy it if you want to keep it). The DIVX system operated only on DIVX compatible DVD players (which there were only a handfull, all sold in the US by Circuit City, who bankrolled this idea). This new idea does have some good points, and would really do away with having to run the disc back to the store before the return deadline so not to pay a late fee. If it's a movie that doesn't rent too well, once it's gone, you can better use to space to merchandise a title that is a better seller.
 
lubcha132
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Mon May 19, 2003 6:20 am

i bet it destroys your DVD-player.
 
H. Simpson
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Mon May 19, 2003 12:36 pm

Waste of money... Yeah sure
 
jwenting
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RE: New Self-destruct DVDs

Mon May 19, 2003 1:44 pm

Sound idea in itself. It's mainly meant for rentals, not retail sales.
A lot of rental DVDs aren't returned (some people are stupid enough to make copies and return the copy instead of the original...).
This will solve that problem nicely.
Now if only they'd give DVDRs the same treatment, so those copies too wouldn't last for more than a few days...

Sony btw did the same thing to VHS tapes last year (or was it 2001) as a trial. Never heard from it again after a few months.
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