Studios continue to harass paying customers with DRM that locks Blu-ray players
Avatar was last weekend’s most popular DVD. The disk has become a nightmare for some buyers. The Blu-Ray disks won’t play because Fox Studios has put a new DRM scheme on the disks.
When you pop the disk in the player it warns you of disk compatibilities. Users are advised to check with their manufacturer for assistance with a firmware upgrade.
One owner of an expensive Denon Blu-Ray player found out the hard way that firmware upgrades are not automatic.
“How about not playing on a 4500 buck Denon which when the company was contacted said “we’ll make a note of it” I guess it’ll play on a PS3 but everything else will be a crap shoot. Owners of older machines that are no longer getting firmware support will be SOL.” Amazon.comContinue reading →
Weekend takes Avatar on a climb to beat James Cameron’s other film Titanic
James Cameron is the most bankable director in the world. This weekend, world wide box-office revenue from Avatar climbed to over $1 billion.
In three week since it opened, Avatar looks like it will surpass the all-time highest grossing movie, another James Cameron flick Titanic which earned $1.8 billion.
The film cost $500 to make and $150 has been spent on promotion to date. The movie is a good example of how delivering more to the audience gets rewarded. Cameron has built Avatar using the latest technology including 3D. Digital downloads are not hurting his top-line revenue. File sharing is probably the last thing on his mind.
Avatar is this season’s must see movie. Friends have reported seeing it twice and three times.
When The Matrix opened at the IMAX in Halifax, NS the boys and I jumped into the SUV and headed off on a 4 hour drive to see it. One of the boys just called me up and said “Dad, let’s go to see Matrix in IMAX!”
And we did. It was awesome. The trip was one of those spontaneous fun adventures.
I was inches away from ending a 23 year marriage back in 2003, which is long past. I got my officials “free” papers this year.
So today and I mean this very day, Avatar opens in Halifax NS in IMAX 3D.
I ran the idea of a movie run to Halifax up the mizzen mast. It met the unequal response of “We’re not ready for Christmas.”
What’s to get ready? Shopping can wait until next Friday. A tree is like 30 minutes from the box. Real smart people have the turkey dinner at Fran’s in Toronto where they clean up afterward. Or they get invited to someone else’s house.
Dec 18th – New blockbuster from director of Terminator, True Lies and Titanic
Avatar: The Movie New 2nd Trailer [HD]
Director: James Cameron
Studio: 20th Century Fox
“In the future, a paraplegic war veteran is brought to the planet Pandora which is inhabited by the Navi. The Navi is a humanoid race with their own language and culture, but the people of Earth find themselves at odds with the Navi.” (Fox website summary)