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Thursday, January 04, 2007

One step closer to easy DVD burning

From the LA Times: Movie studios approve DVD lock for downloads.

From the AP: Studios OK technology for movie downloads. Gary Gentile of the AP writes:

    With Qflix — and its studio-backed copy-protection system — consumers should have more options. But they'll need new blank DVDs and compatible DVD burners to use it.

    The system can also be used in retail kiosks, which could hold hundreds of thousands of older films and TV shows for which studios don't see a huge market. Customers could pick a film, TV episode or an entire season's worth of shows and have them transferred to DVD on the spot.

    Burning a DVD will take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes using Sonic's technology, the company said.

    Consumers still would be subject to restrictions placed by the movie service and studios. For instance, using the copy-protection technology in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media system, a service could specify that a given title can be burned no more than two times.