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DVD region coding is something one
loves to hate. Ostensibly designed
to protect box office takings in
countries behind the US from
competing imports, it also makes it
hard to play imported titles that
aren't competing with the cinemas;
the fact that the studios have, just
in case, slapped it
on their entire
back-catalogues, and everyone's
restricted to what some marketing
type has decided there's enough
demand in their region to justify a
local release of, is particularly
frustrating. (Especially if you live
somewhere like Australia, which is
too small a market to justify
releases of anything too nichey.)
Removing region coding would be nice
for consumers, but the studios,
despite their greed, do have a
legitimate objection to it.
A more moderate view would be to have
region locks come with an expiry
date. If a film is released on Jan 1
in Region 1, it could be set to go
multi-region after Jun 1 or somesuch.
Of course, there is always the issue
of how to prevent consumers from
jogging the internal clocks of their
DVD players six months into the future.
The solution may be cryptographic.
Each disc could have an encrypted
region bypass code stored on the
disc. To bypass region coding, the
user would have to enter a password
which encrypts to said code. Once the
title is no longer on general cinema
release, the studio could release the
code on the web, mail it to
purchasers, &c. A space could be
provided on the case for writing it
down, and the user's player could
have Flash memory for storing entered
For extra elegance, the bit length of
the code could be scalable, with each
code allocated at release time with a
length estimated to be breakable in
no less than the cinema-release
period using current technology.
The DeCSS Code
...has been entered into public record. [iuvare, Jun 29 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
Region Free Cracks and Hacks (for tg100)
please use the link button. [yamahito, Sep 26 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]
||To prevent users from forwarding their DVD players' clocks, require them to enter a date (after the date the disc becomes usable), and the corresponding closing DJIA. It doesn't have to be today's date, just one on or after the "allowed" date.
Since nobody can predict future stock performance, this would solve that problem. If anyone can, write a new half-bakery listing.
||DVD was the hopechild of ending the stupidity of VHS and PAL/Secam/NTSC. The region codes really fould things up, especially if you build up a nice collection and then, for some reason, need to relocate to another country in a different region. Will the clever marketing types give up their Porsche and replace ALL your DVDs? Never mind, DVD writers are here and prices will drop - and the industry will wail again, Napster style. Well, they did it to themselves.
||This is a good idea, but ... what motivation does the studio have to do it? They've already decided that the other regions aren't worth trying to sell to, or else they'd have released a disc coded to that region.
||Yeah, DVD region codes stink! There's a movie that I really want to see starring Kevin Spacey that was released in Europe, but not the US. If anyone has a way to defeat the codes (besides buying a new DVD player) please let me know!
||Why not just import from US websites, and have your player chipped?
||[Sorry, what was the point of this idea again?]
||The idea behind this was to posit an elegant way of finding a middle ground between consumers and studios. Breaking CSS encryption/chipping players to ignore regions is all very good from the consumers' POV, but (a) it pisses off the studios to no end, and (b) it's too much like brute force, and hence inelegant. Surely technology could be used to mediate more elegantly between the competing interests.
||And if the studios have no incentive to participate in this, perhaps they should be required to do so to be allowed to enforce region coding, in the public interest and all that.
||@ MullDog: see
<admin - Link moved to Link Section> Hope your player can be freed of that shit.
||@acb: An elegant way of finding a middle ..between consumers and studios. What kind of a jerk are u? Some sort of propaganda arsehole of the studios? And who gives a fuck if it pisses the studios of? They certainly won't stop creating movies cause of their greed.
||//To prevent users from forwarding their DVD players' clocks, require them to enter a date (after the date the disc becomes usable), and the corresponding closing DJIA. It doesn't have to be today's date, just one on or after the "allowed" date.//
||And how will the DVD player know that the DIJA was entered/"predicted" correctly? Having something encrypted such that it may only be decrypted at some specific point in the future falls, unfortunately, in the realm of "magic".
||While it might be nice to provide a means by which disks could be "unlocked" at some date after release (perhaps by the manufacturer publishing a code to do so) even this is dicey; the manufacturers have no incentive to do any such thing, and anyone who wants to view material in the "wrong" region already has so many ways of doing so (deCSS, reconfigurable players, DVD-playback software, etc.)
||That shit of regioncoding, it's the same shit that made the car industry here in Europe get to pay 100's of million $$ because they created exclusive areas for each of their resellers, that is reseller in area A could not compete with reseller in area B.
||Kill the damned region codes, the films are not released to consumers before the cinemas notice a drop-down in visitors.
||Don't call it region code. Call it for it's real name: CRIPPLE-WARE!