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.


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