updated 01:45 pm EDT, Thu August 3, 2006
CinemaNow Burning Broken
The news that CinemaNow would let customers burn some movies to DVD was celebrated in the tech community: it was supposed to let us finally treat direct-download movie stores as mainstream options for renting movies. The reality is far from ideal, an engineer has discovered. CinemaNow software deliberately introduces checksum errors into the discs with the intent of making them hard to copy, but the errors are so abundant that the discs will either fail to burn or are rendered unplayable on many DVD players. Potential customers have been told not to be "fleeced" by such a clearly crippled service.