Monday, May 15, 2006

Doctor Who?

I finally got around to renting the new Doctor Who series. I'll admit to having been a huge fan back in my teens. I used to make my poor mum hold off dinner until after the show because I couldn't bear to miss an episode. I was a bit surprised to find that my better-half had also been a Dr Who fan. Back on topic... the new series is surprisingly good. I've only watched the first 2 episodes so far, but I can't waite to watch more.

It seems that BBC has some sort of copy-protection on it, because none of the programs I normally use to watch European movies work with this DVD. I had to use up one of the prescious region-code changes allowed by my powerbook's DVDPlayer app. I tried using various software that I have used to watch region-2 DVDs before, but none could read the DVD. I tried a package which claims to be able to de-macrovision DVDs, but that also failed. It is sad because this forces me to BitTorrent the shows... I don't have cable because I just don't watch enough tv to justify the cost, and with this I can't rent it on DVD (since it isn't out in Region-1 NTSC, at least not as far as I can tell), so BBC is forcing me to BitTorrent it... when I'm perfectly willing to give my money. This is an example of why copy protection is so problematic.


Anonymous RichB said...

The Ecclestone series or the Tennant series? I'm enjoying the latter even more than the former.

11:22 PM  
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