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After geting Debian working on the machine where Ubuntu was failing and not destroying it in in the 2 days I have been fiddling with it I have been toying with the idea of using it as a media server and PVR as it has a digital TV card, is quiet and reasonably power efficient to stay on most of the time. The Myth TV setup I will leave for another day.

I thought that even though I dont have a HDTV I would look into how a Bluray setup could be done on the machine now that the HD wars of a couple years ago are over.

What a mess the whole situation is and how powerless as consumers we are. We had no choice in the format wars really. It reminds of the referendum we had in Australia in the 90's to get rid of the Queen as our head of state and become a republic. We could either keep the Queen or have an electoral system that basically boiled down to 5 people chosing our 'President'. Australia chose the Queen and it looks like I am sticky with DVD for the forciable future.

Sure there are ways to watch it using linux but that is not entirely practicle atm. I feel like watching a movie, hold on Ill just have to RIP 30GB beforehand urgh.

I can by a HDTV, a compliant HDMI cable, Bluray player and a graphics card, then get a movie, all with inflated prices because of the licenses and IP involved and because I want to run Linux I get locked out. You need to use a Windows or Mac OS to be able to view the movie. The whole thing is madness. Oh you have a ananlogue cable to your TV well you can watch the movie in standard definition. I dont blame the MS or apple in this I blame the RIAA and MPAA.

I happily pay for DVD's and would happily pay for Bluray disks but the whole system is wrong and puts the average Jo in the street last while completely failing to deter people who copyrighted material.

My wallet is safe for the time being.

www.bluraysucks.com

Little story to end.
When I was young my sister and our cousin both got a dual tape payers and a voucher to buy a new tape from the local record store. Even though they had the ability to copy tapes and give them to each other they went and both bought Tiffany's debut Tiffany.

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  1. Logan's Avatar
    Interesting read. I couldn't agree more. I'm certain we'll look back on these last few years and scoff at the idiotic DRM we've all endured.
    It's preposterous that a film format should be operating system specific. It's a great shame that this happenned again, after the experience of Betamax vs VHS - I don't think for one minute the competition improved either format - just caused consumer grief since it seems we're the ones who take the risk when buying new tech.
  2. satanpenguin's Avatar
    Absolutely right. I *hope* we'll scoff at today's situation someday, but I'm not holding my breath.

    It's infuriating how DRM harms the most exactly the wrong people: those who have actually paid for the product.

    Back in the day, when I used to buy music CD's, I made the decision never to buy a copy-protected CD, even if I loved the band in question. In part because the copy protection systems actually work, for people without much clue about how to circumvent them (ie: those of us trying to make a fair use of our discs) and I've always played my music from a computer, not a CD player. And in part because I felt somewhat insulted: I could just download a bunch of mp3 files but instead went to the store, just to find out that the people I was about to give my money to considered me potentially guilty of theft? OK thanks, I'll save my money for blank CD-Rs or a new hard drive and you just lost a loyal fan.

    As for movies today, I used to buy DVDs but now I just feel that any physical form of content distribution is doomed to obsolescence. I look at my DVDs and I know I won't be buying any more of them just as I'm not buying any more VHS tapes. But I'm not even planning to get a blu-ray player. I have an HD-capable media player that can stream video off my local network or read it from USB hard drives. And for the time being, I'm downloading anything I don't care to watch in a theater. Yes, for free.

    The day I find some service that lets me download a movie for a reasonable fee and doesn't try to regulate how many times or with how many players do I watch it, or whether I lend the movie to a friend, I'll be happy to pay again for watching movies at home.

    What I don't understand is how media companies still don't realize that those unwilling (or unable) to pay will not pay, no matter how strong the DRM. And that many are willing to pay if the process is simple and more or less cheap. iTunes, Steam and others have already proven that if the cost is reasonable, many prefer to pay over the hassle of searching for a torrent or elink download with uncertain results.

    Wow, long post. I should be heading to bed.
  3. satanpenguin's Avatar
    And I forgot to talk about the original topic... interoperability or "let ME choose what player I use to play MY movie, thanks".
  4. Boylee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MediaCorps™
    When will you consumers learn? If you buy the platforms that we recommend for the content that we provide then life will be far easier for us you. Paying for something means you have the right to experience it just how we you want and you'll need to buy what we tell you to in order to do so want to buy the best possible equipment to experience it.
    Won't you?

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