Sony DVD's won't play on Sony DVD players

Having recently settled various lawsuits over their use of invasive DRM in CD's, Sony has decided to try their luck with pushing more DRM into DVD's which has caused some recent issues in Sony's own DVD Players.

"It doesn't seem believable. But the terrible publicity Sony is still getting following its efforts to foist dangerous (to PCs) rootkit spyware onto customers via music CDs doesn't seem to have dissuaded the company from trying it on again, this time DRM-ing movies. And it's apparently been going on since March at the least.

"In their zeal to make their DVD movies copyproof (yeah right) they have in fact made their latest releases unplayable on some DVD players, including my Sony DVP-CX995V DVD player," says Mick B on Just another WordPress.com weblog, quoted on slashdot.

He goes on that he recently rented Sony's Stranger than Fiction and The Holiday. both by Sony Pictures. Both load up to the splash title screen and then load no further, then after about 60 secs the player turns itself off!"

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Don't you see? People have been spouting off for years that "If it can be played, it can be copied". Sony is just doing this to take a stand against piracy. If people can't play their DVDs it means they can't copy them.

:eek: you mean the solution has been that simple all these years?

*RING RING* *RING RING*

"Hello? Microsoft? Turns out you can stop piracy by making all your products unusable....... oh wait. No matter"

;)
Before I get flamed I do use Vista.

screw sony... i probably wont be buying any of there products anymore cause i read way to many stories like the rootkit etc etc etc about sony and it just makes them look bad.

and with this copy protection crap (sony movies wont even play in there own players, now thats sad!, lol) ... all it's doing is screwing over the end user and NOT the pirates! ... cause it aint hard to find "stuff" online nowadays and it's free from all the copy protection bs.

the only thing sony understands is "$" once you screw with this then they will listen. lol cause it's like jameswjrose said above he aint buying anymore sony products and if enough people do this, sony will get screwed over soon enough

This is NOT isolated to Sony DVD players... Other forums have users with similar problems on nearly any brand name out there.

Which is even worse, since this is isolated to Sony DVDs. The article title is just being ironic, being that Sony's movies won't play on their own DVD players.

Wow, Sony seems to enjoy shooting themselves in the foot. They install rootkits on people's PCs, they stuff up people's stand alone DVD players. Who honestly still wants BluRay with this moronic company behind it? They no doubt will do something stupid that makes it more expensive than it's worth.

I wonder if this is the reason The Pursuit of Happyness won't play in my parents DVD player. The only difference is that it's a Toshiba DVD player but the film is distributed by Sony.

They rented a copy from Blockbuster and then exchanged one that wouldn't work for another one that didn't work either. It played fine in the 24" iMac though (probably looked better too ).

Sony have shown their true colours in recent years. They're a lying company determined to hold back the digital revolution with their outdated ideas. We won't even go into pricing.

It doesn't seem believable. But the terrible publicity Sony is still getting following its efforts to foist dangerous (to PCs) rootkit spyware onto customers

This seems to imply that Macs were perfectly safe, but there was a Mac version of the software on the disk as well, it just wasn't as invasive.

Kushan said,
This seems to imply that Macs were perfectly safe, but there was a Mac version of the software on the disk as well, it just wasn't as invasive.
I don't think so, considering Macs are PCs as well - so they rightfully mention both sides. (Remember - PC = Personal Computer, not Windows)

RangerLG said,
Tell that to those annoying "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" ads.

PC: I'm a PC
Mac: I'm a Mac
PC: And you're also a PC
Mac: Ah crap. *disappears in a puff of logic*

I don't get why Apple thought those ads were a good idea. The PC guy is wearing a nice suit and apparently has a job. The Mac guy looks like an unemployed piece of trash. I guess they were trying to say the PC guy is a nerd and the Mac guy is hip or something, but they failed miserably.

TRC said,
I guess they were trying to say the PC guy is a nerd and the Mac guy is hip or something, but they failed miserably.
I'm sorry, I was showing my new slide rule to a couple of groovy chicks who were lookin' in a far out happenin' way...were you saying something?