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New Copy Protection to Make Playing DVDs on a PC Difficult

evil_tandem Re:DVD Jon (557 comments)

I have a genuine question for anyone knowledgable on this. When media producers tried something similar for music cd's it turned out that to save cost mostly everyone in the entire industry was using the computer cdrom chips because they were cheaper for everything (including car stereos).

When they tried to start rolling out these new cd's they didn't work in lots of unintended places (like cars), and this mostly led to them to be seemingly phased back out (i admit i haven't bought a cd in years though, so maybe i'm just not hearing about it anymore because no one else is either).

So my question: is this different? I would think the same laws of economics would mean just about every dvd player was following the same basic idea. Use 1 basic drive guts everywhere to drive the prices way down. Which means lots of genuine uses (like regular dvd players) would stop working, hence driving it away again. Is this not the case? If not does anyone know why this happened in the cd world but not dvd?

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