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June 16th- 20 years since DIVX discontinued

Old 06-19-19, 02:05 PM
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June 16th- 20 years since DIVX discontinued

Missed this anniversary by 3 days, but felt it was important to mention.
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Old 06-19-19, 02:39 PM
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Re: June 16th- 20 years since DIVX discontinued

"FOX IS IN!!!!"

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Old 06-19-19, 02:48 PM
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Re: June 16th- 20 years since DIVX discontinued

They're in, but they're all crappy titles, no 16x9 and overpriced- Home Alone 3 and Hope Floats for the low low price of $34.99 each. Why not instead buy them on DIVX for just $4.49?
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It's interesting to consider how the DVD market would have developed if DIVX had caught on and been more successful. If DIVX really had wanted to compete, they should have slashed prices.

I wonder how much money Circuit City lost on this platform. They never seemed to recover and started losing badly to their primary competition, Best Buy, which only carried DVD.
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It was a HUGE loss- hundreds of millions.

Sad thing is that consumers were a lot more savvy then- there was endless talk of how this could have set a precedent of all media being controlled by online authorizations and charges for repeated plays. Now the industry is pushing “digital”, releasing movies that way a couple weeks before they’re on disc, and the reaction has been indifference or “discs are obsolete, digital is the future.” And the studios love this because it gives them the control that they were trying to get with DIVX. Granted “digital” is a bit more user-friendly, but I don’t like the efforts for that to take over.
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Re: June 16th- 20 years since DIVX discontinued

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It was a HUGE loss- hundreds of millions.

Sad thing is that consumers were a lot more savvy then- there was endless talk of how this could have set a precedent of all media being controlled by online authorizations and charges for repeated plays. Now the industry is pushing “digital”, releasing movies that way a couple weeks before they’re on disc, and the reaction has been indifference or “discs are obsolete, digital is the future.” And the studios love this because it gives them the control that they were trying to get with DIVX. Granted “digital” is a bit more user-friendly, but I don’t like the efforts for that to take over.
The studios were savvier this time and had an easier time persuading Millennials in giving up permanent ownership than the Gen Xers that fought off DIVX.

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The Millennials are truly a stupid bunch for eating the poisoned cake that the studios who push 'digital' have fed them. Hell, it's all 'digital' (since the beginning of DVD 23 years ago!). All of us savvy Gen X'ers have to suffer because of the Millennials stupidity and short-sighted attention spans. Compound this with the studios' deadly greed, and you've got a recipe for massive disaster: terrible quality (overcompressed DRM'd garbage) and prices through the roof -- for vastly inferior content.
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The Millennials are truly a stupid bunch for eating the poisoned cake that the studios who push 'digital' have fed them. Hell, it's all 'digital'
The Millennials were also the generation which didn't see illegally downloading music as "wrong".

Getting them to subscribe to a streaming vod service (whether music or movies) was a great "achievement" in breaking them out of the illegal downloading mentality. (Suing them didn't seem to work at all).

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Old 06-23-19, 07:16 AM
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It's interesting to consider how the DVD market would have developed if DIVX had caught on and been more successful. If DIVX really had wanted to compete, they should have slashed prices.
Back then there would have been problems bringing DIVX to markets outside of america. DIVX used triple-DES encryption which probably would have made it difficult to get government approval for export.

In those days circa 1990s, it would have been very difficult to export any encryption devices with more than 40-bit keys. This was one reason why dvd's CSS encryption algorithm only used 40-bit keys, since the dvd patent holders likely wanted it to be an international worldwide disc format.
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I’d have more respect for millennials if they were obtaining pirated material for free rather than paying for downloads and the like- then you’d have a clearer distinction between what’s legit and what isn’t. When the studios push “get it on digital NOW!” while making us wait for discs, that’s a bad thing.
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I know the studios actually track what shows and movies are popular on torrents to get a better grip on what's "selling" to Millennials.
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Old 06-24-19, 11:49 AM
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The Millennials were also the generation which didn't see illegally downloading music as "wrong".
I think this spans across all generations. Copyright infringement is such a grey area and it's only since the ability to download songs from all over world that it became a real financial liability for studios, record companies and artists.

Illegal copying has been going on since the sixties when the audio cassette tape was introduced to the buying public with one of its selling points being that you could record on it. All of the hardware was built to allow the copying of records to tapes. The manufacturers then created dual cassette decks for same purpose.

Years later the VCR came on the market and again, it had the ability to record and store copyright materials.

So were the hardware companies, who are often financially linked to the record companies/movie studios, at fault for egging-on this behavior? Once it spilled over into the digital/internet age it was too late as they already promoted and allowed this behavior to proliferate.

I remember back in the 1980s the Canadian commercial-free Pay-TV channel "Superchannel" used to actually advertise the fact you could record their movies on the VCR and build a collection. At the same time you record the EXACT same film dubbing VHS to VHS and find yourself with a $250,000 fine and/or 5 years in prison.

Today, things are even more complicated on a legal right vs. wrong level.
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The "Millennial" bashing here

Sorry you can't keep up with market trends and emerging technology, Gramps...
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