New Sony DVDs Not Working In Some Players: Sony Says, "Too Bad"
This can join the ever-growing stack of I-hate-DRM articles, but here we go again: a megacompany, paranoid of piracy, locks up its content so tightly that legit consumers cannot access it. A customer called Sony about this, and documented the discussion. I am not encouraged: Sony's products do not work on their own players; what about other manufacturers' players? Will there be firmware upgrades for them? Are we, the public, expected to landfill our existing DVD players in favor of the newest model?
Sony may well have another rootkit-type PR nightmare on their hands, and, once again, it is of their own doing.
It seems that the most recent DVDs released by Sony — specifically Stranger Than Fiction, Casino Royale, and The Pursuit of Happyness — have some kind of 'feature' that makes them unplayable on many DVD players.