[mythtv-users] Many new dvd's not working
linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Sat Jul 10 15:31:04 UTC 2010
Brian Wood wrote:
> > Is there any "test suite" available that we could run against a disk
>> to verify it conforms to the rule book for DVDs ? If so, then run
>> that, and if it's non-compliant I'd also complain to Trading
>> Standards that the supposed DVDs are not "as described" - a key
>> requirement in UK consumer law.
>> The key thing is that "just not buying them" won't hurt anyone
>> because the volumes we'd not buy wouldn't even be a rounding error in
>> the statistics. But returns cost the whole chain dear, and if we
>> could get just one prosecution under consumer protection law for
>> mislabelled "DVD"s then it would raise the profile of what's going
>> on. Especially if there was a concerted effort to target one large
>> chain (such as Walmart in the US) such that they decided it wasn't
>> profitable to stock the output from one studio - now that would get
>> the studio's attention.
>A problem with some of these recent "protection" schemes is that
>they have significant "collateral damage", many
>"legitimate" DVD players won't play the new disks. They count on the
>fact that most people won't figure out what's
>happening, and perhaps blame their "old" player.
>If people started to return players to the store, complaining that
>they won't play certain disks, that might get
>"Walmart's" attention even more than disk returns.
>But handling a return on a disk that has a profit margin of pennies
>is a losing proposition for a retailer, a great "stone
>in the shoe". Good idea.
Anyone know if there's a compliance test suite of any kind ? It would
be very useful if there was.
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