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Hollywood gives Macrovision the arse?

Perhaps having realised that going out of one's way to inconvenience customers is not a good business model, Hollywood may be giving up on Macrovision, the copy-denial mechanism that prevents you from connecting a DVD player to a VCR. Warner Home Video have released the Harry Potter DVD without Macrovision encoding in the UK; this means that you can plug your DVD player into your VCR and pirate it for all your friends untrammeled. Or, if you have an older TV without A/V inputs, you can plug your DVD in through your VCR and watch it, full stop. Mind you, Macrovision costs the studios a few cents per disc, and is fairly easy to bypass with (as yet not illegal) "signal enhancers".

There are 1 comments on "Hollywood gives Macrovision the arse?":

Posted by: Colin http://onepointzero.com/ Fri Jun 14 12:11:31 2002

Macrovision also interferes with video projectors. With more and more people having home cinema installations, it must be a problem.

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