Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
You may have noticed, I didn’t blog last week due to a heavy travel schedule and spending some quality time with the folks in Bellevue. But I’m digging out right now and a story on Engadget caught my eye. “Blu-ray gets Managed Copy next year, requires new hardware” by Ben Drawbaugh. Ben apparently got the tip from videobusiness.com.
I don’t event need to go read the story because the title of the story and the scary picture associated with it just gives me nightmares. In the battle between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, who won? Well, it wasn’t the consumers. I don’t know about your portion of the planet, but blu-ray movies down here in Texas are still pretty darned expensive. I am still buying SD movies because the price for blu-ray titles should be a crime. The ones that get discounted suck.
So what are they thinking? Give us the ability to play a copy elsewhere but force you to dump your current player? Someone must be smoking some good weed. Wake me up when this blu-ray nightmare is over.
HD movies are also still expensive in Australia. Even some of my self-professed "media nutter" friends aren't prepared to pay for them.
That said, unless I'm misunderstanding the referenced article, this looks to be an opt-in technology for those wanting to make a copy of their media, correct? For the happy-go-lucky (or lazy, or unprepared?) people like me, it appears the existing players will continue to play this new media - or have I got this all wrong? Even the process diagram only covers the copy process itself, not the logic behind whether to play or not.
Meanwhile, those who want a unrestricted copy of an HD movie just have to fire up BitTorrent or Newsgroups...
... and the people who paid money for the product can't fully use it.
Here's a legit reason for being able to back up your movies: your kids. Most kids can wreck DVDs faster than you can say banana. If you were able to easily make a perfect copy of the disc, there wouldn't be a problem. Disc scratched? Let me burn another. There ya go.
I have a friend whose child is autistic and really runs the DVDs through the ringer. I had to show him a 3-step process to rip/shrink/burn the DVDs so he doesn't have to keep buying them. Because after all, you're buying the movie, not the disc, right? Or do they really expect you to shell out another $25 when your disc gets scratched?
But the moral of my story: WHY does my friend have to jump through so many hoops and use "questionable" software to do something he should've been able to do from the get-go?
Agreed Nicholas. As far as I'm concerned, the laws should be written so that if I purchase a title, I have the right to download or duplicate it and use it for life.
I wonder how many times I've actually purchased the same songs from the various rock bands I like.