April 12, 2006 | By Derek Slater

CinemaNow's Funny Definition of "Anywhere"

Much has already been written about major movie studios' recently agreeing to sell downloads on Movielink and CinemaNow with remarkably high price points and ridiculous DRM restrictions. Buyer beware -- these services are misleading about how little you'll get to do with your media.

For instance, CinemaNow's "How It Works" page says:



"Anywhere"? Read the fine print further down the page:

"6. Can I burn videos to a DVD?
Not currently. Your DVD player will not be able to read the information properly since our videos use a special security protection.
...
9. Can I transfer movies to my video iPod, PSP or other portable player?
At this time, CinemaNow movies are not available for the iPod or PSP, however we are working with our content providers to expand the options you have."

Movielink lets you burn to DVD, but those DVDs can only be played on a computer, not your home theater system's DVD player.  And that's just the tip of the movie store DRM iceberg.

As usual with DRM, the customer is always wrong.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Some lawmakers want to undo crucial online privacy rules. Tell your members of Congress to defend your rights. https://act.eff.org/action/te...

Feb 21 @ 3:25pm

The movement to encrypt the web has reached a milestone, and we still have more work to do. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Feb 21 @ 2:53pm

The M2 car hacking tool by @macchinaCC launches today. T-shirts help benefit EFF's fight for your right to repair. https://www.kickstarter.com/p...

Feb 21 @ 12:48pm
JavaScript license information