DRM protection has been a bone of contention between content owners and anti-DRM activists. The latter party’s contentions seem to be becoming quite popular with content providers, with many music download services, including the august iTunes, opting for DRM-free music. However, DRM hasn’t been eliminated as a lot of downloadable content, including streaming/downloadable videos and streaming music, is still fettered by DRM protection.
“We reject the view that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so,” he wrote in a missive addressed to the Copyright Office’s top legal advisor.
It is quite unrealistic to expect online stores to perpetually maintain their DRM servers. But it is ludicrous to assume that shutting down of an authentication server or the whole online store is reason enough for the user to surrender his ownership rights.
Broadband subscribers living in the UK will soon be able to watch TV shows over the Internet with a new online TV player Microsoft plans to launch next week, UK newspaper Guardian reports. Dubbed the MSN Video Player, the move fills a void left by the defunct Project Kangaroo and gives MIcrosoft a head start on other competing services like Hulu and Arqiva.
"The hole left by Kangaroo was something that provided a catalyst," said Ashley Highfield, the former BBC director of future media and technology who was briefly Project Kangaroo chief executive before moving to Microsoft. "To some degree there is a void left by Kangaroo, there is a gap for an aggregator."
Microsoft has already struck programming deals with both BBC Worldwide and All3Media. As such, the ad-funded video service will launch with over 300 hours of content from BBC shows, including Peep Show, Shameless, The League of Genlemen, Hotel Babylon, and The Young Ones.
Looking long term, Microsoft hopes to expand its service to the Xbox 360 and to mobile devices.
Florence had a moment to chat with Valve's Chet Faliszek about Left 4 Dead 2, including info on the new boss monsters, the new uncommon common zombies, and the best costumes he's seen at the show. Hit the jump for the full story!
I got a chance to talk to Karen Dyer, the actor who plays Sheva in Resident Evil 5, about the motion capture process for the game, her crash course in pistol and rifle use, and what it's like to play yourself in a game. Check the video after the jump!
Earlier in the week Sony announced that they’d be releasing two new Blu-ray megachangers, both of which will hold up to 400 discs.
The two new megachangers will come in the form of the $800 BDP-CX960, which will arrive sometime in the fall, and the BDP-CX7000ES, which will retail for $2,000 and arrive in August. Why the huge price difference? In short, the CX960 will only come equipped with standard Blu-ray player features, such as Profile 2.0 and onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The CX7000ES will add 7.1 analog outputs, an RS-232 port, notably higher build quality, IR inputs and outputs, and supposedly higher quality video.
So, if you’re the kind of person that has a gigantic stack of movies that needs to be cleaned up, this just might be for you. But, with a price tag that’s $800 at the lowest, it’s a pretty tough sell.
Hall H is the Comic-Con equivalent of the big game, all the biggest panels and previews are there. Even with 6000 seats in the theater, there were people lined up outside all day long to see Twilight, Avatar, and more! Check the video after the jump.
I'm, Will Smith, the editor of Maximum PC and the guy in the video below. We shot this video demonstration to show people how to build a killer PC, one step at a time. It's a great reference for beginners and experts alike. This video was created for viewing by attendees of Comic-Con 2009.