DRM and Region Coding encourage piracy

Small rant upcoming. So, I purchased a PS3 in Panama for use in Costa Rica (my other PS3 will not play NTSC encoded discs), and then purchased a couple of DVDs (The Social Network and 300). I get home and eagerly install the equipment only to discover that the DVD player is encoded to Region 4, and that it won’t play the Regiuon 1 DVDs I just purchased.

The solution?

Forget about purchasing DVDs and just download them from the Internet, install a media server (such as TVersity, or Vuze‘s own), and stream the films directly to my PS3.

Dear film industry,
Cumbersome and illogical region encoding encourages piracy.

Comments 3

  1. Wait to you star seeing the classical "This video isn't available at your country because copyright restrictions" on Youtube.

    PS3 Media Server is awesome and works perfectly on Linux! 🙂

  2. Damn straight. Couldn't agree more. Most of the DVDs I like are either only available in Japan or America, and because of the region codes both on the DVDs and on my PS3, the easiest way to get what I want is to download them ILLEGALLY 🙂 What I find funny is that most people would probably gladly buy the DVDs they want, if they could watch them that is. Also, I'd like to give a BIG well done to Sony for region locking their PS3's. Well done on promoting piracy guys 😉

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