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Edward R Murrow

I wonder if the the content owners are starting to re-think their position on this technology.

Hunter McDaniel

I think that's wishful thinking, Edward. I haven't seen any evidence of the copyright holders backing away from their dream of total control. They take each new crack as an argument for why they need even more power.

Matt

This was inevitable. Netflix's software downloads the entire movie in the background anyway, but only reports that you've watched some fraction of it. The only real solution would be to download only the parts of the movie that you actually see: in this way, Netflix would debit your account based on the amount of movie actually downloaded. Unfortunately, this would likely result in all kinds of viewing problems thanks to the Internet's lack of quality of service guarantees. And of course, this would do nothing to prevent people from cracking the DRM once the movie was downloaded.

Aron

"I wonder if the the content owners are starting to re-think their position on this technology."

I wonder if you'll ever switch on your brain and cease the snarky anti-Netflix trolling.

I don't think the studios would be quite as neurotic in this scenario as many others. In this case, the teenagers can cheat the studios out of some revenue with great effort, but they don't get their hands directly on an unprotected copy of the material.

I suspect Netflix can fairly easily implement a mechanism to complicate the workaround. I doubt the motivation for the hax0rs is quite as strong as for the HD-DVD DRM for instance.

eazyguy52

I guess this would come in handy if you were a one a month movie renter or two. But I'm on the five and out plan and I didn't come close to watching thirty hours of movies last month.

Frankly, given the movie selection they have on there now, I find the whole thing kind of pointless. Well, maybe somebody's hot to watch the whole Massage Therapy series.

Edward R Murrow

"I wonder if you'll ever switch on your brain and cease the snarky anti-Netflix trolling."

Aron, I obviously don't know about the internals of how the "Watch Now" service works like you do. I wonder why you know so much about how this Netflix proprietary service works anyhow?

I'm guessing that Netflix has to pay the content providers a per view cost. If the Netflix customers can "game" the system then the content providers are losing money.

That's not a snarky, anti-Netflix comment; that's a general concern for the financial well being of the content providers.

I've posted pleny of critiques of BBI; why are you always one of the first to defend Netflix under all circumstances?

type-cast

"I've posted pleny of critiques of BBI; why are you always one of the first to defend Netflix under all circumstances?"

Take the arguments he uses against you, then apply them to Aron. That will explain all of his behavior. It's called projection. Aron's seemingly in love with the studios, DRM, and any other crooked scheme these fascists come up with for stifling competition & fair use. He has no criticisms or concerns about them. He's also in love with Netflix and has a big axe to grind against Blockbuster, as do many others here. hueristix, for example.

leonardodicrapio

How did you get:

"Aron's seemingly in love with the studios, DRM, and any other crooked scheme these fascists come up with for stifling competition & fair use. He has no criticisms or concerns about them."

Out of Aron's comment:

"I don't think the studios would be quite as neurotic in this scenario as many others. In this case, the teenagers can cheat the studios out of some revenue with great effort, but they don't get their hands directly on an unprotected copy of the material."

You need some anger management, dude.

leonardodicrapio

Also, type-cast, while you're at, why don't you go on record on how Blockbuster is both "trying to get rid of the dead weight franchises" and "get millions of dollars from the franchises."

"Maybe Blockbuster's trying to get rid of the dead weight franchises, which drag them down and prevent the implementation of store-wide policies. Thankfully, none of my BlockBuster Stores are franchises. I think most of their stores are corporate, like 2/3rds or 3/4ths. It's hard to feel any sympathy for franchise stores when they often refuse to honor Total Access, free game rentals, and new releases. What do they expect, but customer back-lash?"

http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2007/01/blockbuster_sue.html

"The story didn't say they were shrinking. It said they were moving to franchises. They'll get millions of dollars from the franchises, so how this is not shrinkage to greatness. I guess you only bothered to read the headline and not the rest. BTW, does Netflix have any operations in Australia, England, Canada, or anywhere outside the USA? Just checking."

http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2007/02/blockbuster_sel.html

Aron

type-cast, I'm rubber you're glue!

@type-cast

hey man, are you ok? you seem really down/depressed/miserable. I've never seen you do anything here besides whine and moan; you never seem happy. everything OK at home? do you get any enjoyment out of life? do you have anything positive to say about anything?

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