You want to know why we're not drowning in cheap, usable, full-featured digital entertainment yet? The studios are afraid to try it. It's much easier for the entertainment moguls to sleep at night knowing that every digital copy of Alvin and the Chipmunks you can buy comes wrapped in layer upon layer of copy-protection software.
But all Sony
Foolish community member DavisFreeberg is a tech geek like me. He's a well-known media industry blogger who often writes about Netflix
Netflix tech support told him to reset his computer's DRM store, which would allow Netflix to issue a new certificate for his hardware but would also render his Amazon Unbox videos unplayable. There is a way to back up and restore the licenses you need, but it's tedious even when the customer is a card-carrying technophile like me or Davis.
The music industry is slowly coming to its senses and allowing digital media sellers like Amazon and Apple's
I'm willing to bet that the record labels have figured out where their best interests lie already (though they also need to stop the lawsuit jihad against core customers). So who'll be first among the movie/TV studios? Kevin Tsujihara leading the Time Warner charge? Or Anne Sweeney for Disney
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