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this dvd will self destruct

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by WatcherSB, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. WatcherSB

    WatcherSB 12oz Junior Member

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    this dvd will self destruct

    Discussion started by WatcherSB - Nov 12, 2004

    the DVD release of a new holiday movie starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon will be part of an experiment that may provide clues about how movies will be distributed in the future.

    The DVD release comes with a hitch: The $4.99 disc will be coated with a chemical that makes the movie unplayable 48 hours after the package has been opened.

    The point of the self-destructing discs? Producers of "Noel" hope they will help whip up preliminary buzz for the film, while preserving sales of a permanent DVD that will be released later.

    Walt Disney Co. is using the same technology, known as Flexplay, on a trial basis in certain markets around the country, offering disposable versions of already-released movies for consumers who don't want the hassle of returning a rental DVD.

    That logic is shifting, especially as the industry confronts a rise in bootleg DVDs and illicit online movie trading. "We are looking at ways to get content into the home much sooner," says Mitch Singer, executive vice president for the digital policy group at Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Japan's Sony Corp. "When we figure out a way to get content into the home securely, we'll consider new business models."

    Selling a movie into the home on a pay-per-view basis around the same time it hits theaters is the most likely first change, once studios find a piracy-proof way to do it. The idea is to appeal to those who like to see new movies but can't make it to the theaters -- say, parents with young children. To maximize revenue and avoid cannibalizing box-office sales, studios would likely sell such movies at a high price -- perhaps the cost of six to eight adult movie tickets. But at that price, the movie would need to deliver the value of a big Hollywood blockbuster like "Spider-Man," not a modest independent film such as "Noel."

    Starting next month, the disposable DVD version of "Noel" will be featured on Amazon.com Inc.'s home page. And moviegoers at 500 Regal theaters around the country will get a chance for a sneak preview: Minidiscs featuring a short clip of the movie will come free with the purchase of any large drink.

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    Whole story at http://pf.channel.aol.com/moneytoday/wsj/h...est/noeldvd.adp
     
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  2. <KEY3>

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    <KEY3> - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    it wont fly. sales of those discs will be shit
    AND mostly..... the hardware makers will probably
    say something like 'playing these discs will void your warranty, sucker!'
     
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  3. iloveboxcars

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    iloveboxcars - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    also, when the article was posted about a year or something ago there were many concerns about waste management. they companies claimed these disks would be recyclable but the enviromentalists (or whoever) said that doesn't mean anything, hardly anyone would would recycle it if their community doesnt have seperate recycle bins outside of their house.


    and i think they are right.

    i know im not buying that shit.
     
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  4. SteveAustin

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    SteveAustin - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    so you have 48 hrs to rip the dvd to a computer and burn a non self destructing dvd.
     
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  5. GamblersGrin

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    GamblersGrin - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    remember when the chief from inspector gadget would blow up. yeah. what a rip off.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. WatcherSB

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    WatcherSB - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    ^just what I was thinking............
     
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    Herbivore - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    some online dvd rental companies are already doing this... so that you never have to worry about the hassle of returning anything...

    * and now that i finish reading the original post like i should have in the first place, i realize that my info has already been posted.....
     
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    also... that's insane. we're talking anywhere from $50 to $80 here..... who the hell would pay that for a movie?!
     
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    WatcherSB - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    I think there are some movie/game companies working on these dvds to perfect this idea so one day all movie/game rental stores have dvds that cant either be copied or stop working.
     
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    spectr - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    this has been around for a while i got one of those dvds about a year ago it fucked up before 48 hours was over shit sucked but i really dont see these going into mass production.
     
  11. fermentor666

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    fermentor666 - Replied Nov 12, 2004

    This will fly like DIVX (not the software) players did.

    Stop the MPAA.
     
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    Intangible - Replied Nov 14, 2004

    seems like the shit could fuck up a dvd player....fuck that.
     
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  14. WatcherSB

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    WatcherSB - Replied Nov 14, 2004

    yes it could like right when the dvd stops working

    maybe lawsuits will happen from this.............
     
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    MOOGLE? - Replied Nov 14, 2004

    ?? dont know why but it makes me think of keith harring's work for iehp..



    yea those dvd thing suck.. mine lasted about 22 hours
     
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