My favourite story from any blog this week is about Sony (the original post from from last month, but I only found the blog via the update from this month).
Remember when Sony got into all that trouble over CD DRM and their now infamous rootkit? Well, it seems Sony’s DRM zeal still knows no bounds. Mick B decided to go out and rent two Sony Pictures DVD titles – “Stranger than Fiction” and “The Holiday”. Aside from his questionable taste in film, he had not been expecting any problems … until he tried to play them.
Both films loaded up to the splash title screen and then went no further, indeed both turned his DVD player off. His DVD player is a Sony DVP-CX995V DVD player. Obviously, Mike gave Sony a call, and they helpfully told him, yes it is true that their latest DRM does effect certain DVD players – including the ones it produces – but the they had no intention of changing the DVD DRM, but would send him the firmware update for his DVD player instead … or at least they would do, as soon as someone had created the update. When would that be? “It could be 2 weeks it could be a month, we don’t know” said the wise men at Sony.
The funny thing is Sony are still selling the Player without any warning that some DVDs (namely their own – as it seems everyone elses work fine) do not actually work on it.