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CinemaNow responds to copy protection criticism

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Aug 2006 16:33 User comments (46)

CinemaNow responds to copy protection criticism When CinemaNow introduced a download-to-burn service, some consumers were happy that finally there was a store selling movies that could be burned onto DVD and watched on any DVD player. However, some days back, an anonymous engineer made a starling discovery when he decided to test out CinemaNow's BurnToDVD specification. The problem he discovered was with how CinemaNow protects these discs from being copied.
He discovered that it deliberately introduced errors in the Digital Sum Value (DSV) checksum values to make the DVD difficult to copy. He realized that most stand-alone DVD players' built in error-correction algorithms would not be able to tolerate this form of "protection" on the discs. After his discovery, he made some comments about it.

"I'm against people being fleeced by this kind of crap. How can you sell someone content on media that is so heavily compromised, especially on a format that so heavily relies upon its error correction system to maintain playability? It's mind boggling!" However, CinemaNow has been quick to defend its flawed copy protection technique.

The company fired back by stating that the service has been "well received by our customers and studios alike," and that the produced DVDs were found to be working on "94 percent of DVD players." Of course, there were no details about what players they didn't work on.

If flawed discs are in fact produced, it is even more of an insult to consumers than the prices which are not significantly less than DVD versions of movies, randing from about $9 - $15. Of course, the video will not work on an iPod or PSP for example, and the service is stated as only working with Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6, and Media Player 10.

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46 user comments

18.8.2006 16:39

To copy the DVDs, just use CloneCD with AnyDVD running in the background.

28.8.2006 18:01

Huh ??? You don't seem to have gotten the general gist of this new item. We're dealing with downloaded movie files here, not pressed DVDs. You cannot use CloneDVD or AnyDVD to rip a downloaded video file. Two totally different animals. But if you mean ..... ripping a *completed* disc (made with the buggy download-to-burn software), then you could still easily just be transferring a defective movie (skipping, stuttering, pausing, glitches, ...) onto yet another dvd blank. It may or may not play back more easily than your original 'download-to-burn'-made disc, but it'll still have all the crummy video flaws intact. And all this for what? Two blank discs wasted. Final result = wasted time, twice the expense, and you'll still have a buggy-on-playback movie. Whooopie !!! No thanks. Go out and buy the original DVD instead. THEN you can use CloneDVD and/or AnyDVD. ;-)

38.8.2006 18:05


AnyDVD History, 2006 08 01 - New: Added preliminary support for the FluxDVD protection to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors" To copy DVDs downloaded from CinemaNow, you need to use CloneCD - New: Added support for new versions of the Sony Arccos protection to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors" - Some minor fixes and improvements - Updated languages
Yeah, it probably copies the errors, but at least you can back it up.

49.8.2006 0:19

The Bugs and errors come into effect when copying from the new DVD you just made (using the CinemaNow util.'s to another DVD)... so when the download is done, and you burn-in the file into a blank DVD,... no errors and DVD plays just fine(at least in 94% of all DVD-Readers, and that is true about most DVD films that are burned in, anyway)!! This is an effective way to make that DVD, not copyable to other DVD's( the DVD-Copy software would fail in the copy-process, as for defect on reading the file) ... and this simple way, got the CinemaNow to finally get approval for distributing Movies over the net,... same as mp3's but perhaps safer... anyways, when the new CRM is out .. everyone would be forced to do online authentication for any NEW Contents theay comes out ... including any new MP3 song. etc etc... think, there would be a Come-Back of "not-too-much-pirecy" ERA !

59.8.2006 0:47

Yes, OK gogochar, if one really wants to go to that much trouble for a still-awful dvd.

To copy DVDs downloaded from CinemaNow, you need to use CloneCD
CloneDVD is being a bit coy here. (I'm sure they're a fine company, just as I'm sure CloneDVD is very good software), but they don't tell you the whole story. You must _first_ make a defective dvd-burn from the overpriced DRM-riddled file you took the time to download from the CinemaNow site, knowing full well that it IS going to contain errors, and that you are going to be wasting that disc, BEFORE you even get to CloneDVD to make a "better" disc. I suppose your second disc, pixellations, glitches and all, would be OK for 'casual' viewing, I just wouldn't want to use it as a showpiece for my new 65" Hi-Def plasma screen. I visited the CinemaNow site, and the overwhelming sense I got from it was...... DRM, DRM, DRM..., --- you *can* do this, but you *can't* do that; not all selections will be available for 'download-to-burning'; some older selections *may* be viewable with WMP 9, but we don't support them; some you can 'buy', others you can only rent... --- - (they might just as well have superimposed a large-lettered D-R-M watermark over their web-page), and I marvel at how such companies can take for granted that Joe Public will be suitably gullible enough to deal with their warez. Poor value, defective product, wasted time. Nor do I intend to install WinXP and WMP-10 just for the privilege of 'enjoying' an inferior video. I'll "Burn & Return", thanks. (Video store or even the <free> Public Library). :-)

69.8.2006 1:01

I see your point too, easycake, but .... Why not just make a simple ISO image-file of the (copied) burned-to-disc movie? Nero, for example, makes fine (.nrg) image files. You wouldn't need to rip a (copied) disc in the usual sense to create the (video_ts .vob) structures.

79.8.2006 5:47

why on earth would anyone waste their bandwidth downloading a movie which is so heavily crippled and copy protected when you can buy the original dvd in the shops for the same price or less ? i can not understand why this would be attractive to anyone other than someone banned from all retail and internet stores

89.8.2006 13:53

I just downloaded one of their sample files. It uses the fluxDVD engine (written by the same author of ratDVD). How could they take a piece of art and just throw it down the toilet?!?

99.8.2006 14:50

why on earth would anyone waste ......
Aw, I dunno, domie. But I hear ya. They must be banking on potential customers seeing this as a "convenience" thing. I can see the "convenience" of downloading, say, an iTune or something, but even with a high-speed connection, I'd say that downloading a full movie at 90 mins or so, is *anything* but "convenient", unless you live out in the woods 120 miles from the nearest town. I think this (dis)service, and all the others sure to follow, are banking heavily on impulse buyers. "Hey Marge, ya wanna see this movie tonight?", or maybe they're targeting the more affluent crowd with too much spare time on their hands. (Absolutely no offence intended to gogochar, who I see has downloaded a file). Maybe the affluent crowd are getting dog-tired of their local Blockbuster's usual spate of newly-released hyped-up-tripe -- who can say? But I believe that a lot of sales (and rentals) will be made by honest folks who really don't understand the full implications of how evil DRM is, or how it will increasingly affect them in the future. I believe that CinemaNow will make a bundle off these people - they're banking on that too. They will be (and are) being taken. And this is just the beginning. Well, gogochar! Congrats! (No, I mean it). At least we know a bit more about these people now. (thnx) Yep - it's sad. If indeed the author of the (in)famous ratDVD software - highly innovative and the first (and still only?) software of it's kind to emerge - is indeed in cohorts with CinemaNow, that IS a huge letdown and disappointment. But I suppose everyone's got to make a living, eh? Gej, (author of the equally (in)famous DivX software) now has DRM written directly into it's DNA structure. (That's why we still have XviD). NeroDigital is proprietary software with a capitol 'P' right out of the starting gate. Hi-Def is only going to add to the mess. It's a jungle out there. But the one consistent thing we can all count on with this jungle of video formats, is everlasting, ever-evolving, ever-encroaching *DRM*. [shrug]

109.8.2006 15:09

No offense taken A_Klingon. It took forever to burn to DVD-R. And the funny thing is that you could just rename the file (once you locate it on your hard drive) and burn it again. Also, I've only tried ripping it with DVD Decrypter so far (with no AnyDVD in the background). I'll experiment and tell you the results. So far the DVD Decrypter hasn't been able to extract all the files, just some of them. fluxDVD puts a crap storm of dummy files so a ripping them (even if I do succeed and I will) will take forever! It works fine on all my DVD players and doesn't have any sign of these errors. fluxDVD's creator went through a lot of trouble just to make sure we don't try and copy a DVD. Also, it should be noted that the DVD itself shows an incorrect number of GB it contains: 40GB!!! 42,949,672,960 Bytes! WTF??? ADDED: Well, DVDFab Decrypter just quit on me. Next up, AnyDVD's ripper.

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119.8.2006 16:14

HEY ! That's terrific !!, gogochar! Thank you for the extra info on these people! (CinemaNow). I hope the file you downloaded is only a "shortie" - that will help to save you some time. Do you have to use some sort of proprietary burning software to get the dvd-copy? (I suspect so). Although I am *delighted* you can play your dvd copy back on your different players without (apparent) difficulty, both DVDDecrypter and DVDFabDecrypter are showing you what a crapload of unnecessary s--t they are including in their files. Yes! By all means - make a renamed copy of your originally-downloaded file and store it safely in it's own folder somewhere. (Or maybe burn it as a data file on a dvd disc). I immediately save ALL my media files on a separate 200 gig HDD before I go and "lose" them. <gg> That's too bad about DVDFabDecrypter. Since Lightning UK's forced closure of DVDDecrypter, many have looked to DVDFab - which is routinely updated - to help us keep ahead of these Monkeys. But as you can see, this CinemaNow thing is a newer class of data corruption that we haven't seen much of yet. Hopefully it'll die out before it catches on. CinemaNow had to be careful not to upset folks too much with their promised-workable burned copy. Full of errors though it may be, hopefully you'll be able to clone it with something. If AnyDVD and/or CloneDVD can't do it, maybe consider trying to make a disc-image of it, if you have Nero 6, and then just get Nero to reburn the image. I haven't made any dvd image files with Nero (just audio cds), because I have been successful ripping DVDs with other programs with no trouble. Let us know your findings! -- a_K --

129.8.2006 17:01

I am a buring noob so forgive my comments I have noticed on some DVDs I have made that they will not work well on a high speed Player on the comp or a hardware palyer,I had soem broken and or chiped DVDs they palyed ok but had more trouble running on higher speed devices so I copied them at a slow speed useing DVD shirnk and was supried to do so without error. My point beign a DVD can have errors on it and will paly fine at a slow speed altho not all hardard will run slower *L* also CD/DVD check that with Nero can tell you how bad the sta is on a disc..altho you have to understand WTF it says *L* Bascily my thought it this burn a CinemaNow disc then try to make a ISO of it with DVD Shrink if you dont have a low speed drive,I guess any DVD and make a ISO out of it,burn it then use DVD shirnk to scan it at ful speed DVD Shrink is oneo the few DVD apps that can kinda look at DVD data and structures and wil quite it it hits a high enough error. Just for kicks I copyed soem of my DVDs with DVD shirnk it only made 1 iffy DVD it would not run on the PS2 but ran fine on everythign else and my old dvd palyer with a slightly bad lense 0-o Another tohuth newer hardware might have better error checking but wont you get mroe errors when running thigns at 8X or faster ?

139.8.2006 18:56

Mmmmm... When I turned on AnyDVD it popped up a message: "This DVD is mastered incorrectly: AnyDVD will be deactivated for this DVD." Interesting. Anyway, can't use AnyDVD's ripper. Here's AnyDVD's information window:

Summary for drive F: (AnyDVD Drive (Hardware) Region: 1 Media is a Data DVD. Booktype: dvd-rom (version 1), Layers: 1 Total size: 2285888 sectors (4464 MBytes) Video DVD (or CD) label: CINEMANOW_SAMPLE_DVD Media is not CSS protected. Video Standard: NTSC Media is region free.
It looks like AnyDVD found its true disc capacity (4464 MBytes). And CloneCD couldn't do a damn thing. :( Well, congradulations fluxDVD, you played the game and won... for now. The log for CloneCD is too damn long to post here, but I will tell you that it just kept saying "Failed to read Sector ######".

149.8.2006 19:01

gogochar Can you try DVD Shrink on a slow drive? dosent soemone make speed limitors for DVD/CD speed,mmm its a thought anyway.

159.8.2006 19:07

Yeah I tried that. I'm trying out CloneDVD now.

169.8.2006 19:19

Scratch CloneDVD. It won't recognize it. I tried Roxio and to no avail. Nero quit as well. This little piece of work is, well, a piece of work. I'm glad it doesn't have CSS (as we all can complain about it). Now I will try to do it the old fashioned way. The way we use to copy material. By dragging the "VIDEO_TS" folder onto a folder on the desktop.

179.8.2006 19:30

Dommie hit the nail on the head with the cost comment. Until such a service is significantly less expensive that buying the actual DVD I don't think it's worth the trouble.

189.8.2006 19:44

gogochar not to sound dim but have you tired at diffrent speeds?

199.8.2006 19:51

BTW are there any apps that help you try and savlage a damaged DVD? gogochar I know I know ut this just came to me have tried to rebuild the DVD usieng DVD shirnk,I now you lose the menus and such but its a thought.

2010.8.2006 9:40

Have you tried different burners and or readers? Perhaps a different h/w config (and/or slower speeds as mentioned earlier) would help? If no Macrovision to scramble it then interesting to see if copy/paste/drag/drop would work. Also have you tried to make an ISO of it and use Daemon Tools to mount it while using AnyDVD and Clone DVD? Perhaps by not burning it to disc first would supercede the read errors that AnyDVD is coming up with? From my end I WILL NOT BUY crippled media but will instead continue to use Net Flix and purchase origional discs that I can use in the manner that I CHOOSE. However it is important for new DRM schemes to be continually knocked down as quick as possible to insure that our rights are preserved. Also to paraphrase "It's A Wonderful Life": everytime a DRM scheme fails an angel gets it wings!

2110.8.2006 10:19

just info ..... CinemaNow's download-to-DVD uses checksum errors as DRM Posted by Seán Byrne on 05 August 2006 - 02:19 - Source: TechWeb When CinemaNow announced its DVD writing capability for movie downloads, it looked like great news for for those interested in legally downloading movies as it would mean giving them the capability to play their downloaded movies in a standard DVD player. Unfortunately unlike music download services that allow DRM-free CD writing, CinemaNow uses copy protection measures deveoped by FluxDVD to deliberately insert errors in the Digital Sum Value (DSV) checksum values to make it difficult to rip or copy. This copy protection measure has a side effect in that some DVD players may not be able to tolerate these checksum errors, which could result in a stuttering image or the disc refusing to play altogether. go here to read the article anydvd statement Next update will fix the FluxDVD problems, and it will work with CloneDVD as well. __________________ James

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2210.8.2006 11:42

I guess easycake got it right after all. These bum CinemaNow discs defy any rudimentary attemp to copy its contents anywhere else. Data Corruption. Yummy !!! (not) A "protected" DVD *after all*! Hollywood must be salivating into it's coffers by now. Just imagine - fluxdvd has (at least temporarily) done what CSS could not! But this thing'll be cracked!!!! That's really too bad that not even Nero can make sense of this damned fluxDVD stuff. Too bad ratDVD's author is not still on our side. Maybe duckNrun's got the answer. Mount the disc as a virtual drive using Daemon Tools. Or else, like Ireland says, we can just let AnyDVD crack it for us in their next software update. @gogochar

Now I will try to do it the old fashioned way.
Well, the really really OLD way would actually be to open up a DOS window (eeeek! MSDOS - oh! horror of horrors!) bypassing windows altogether, (or just open up a DOS window in Win 2K or 98SE (eeeek! Win98!) - (too bad for you XP users, 'cause you can't do that). In fact, that's how I make quick extra copies of my completed dvd discs for friends. * Create a folder: (say, "XTRACOPY") md d:\XTRACOPY * Put the Cinema Now disc into your burner. (say, the F: drive), then go there... cd F: * Change to the video_ts folder cd video_ts * Copy the whole kit & kaboodle over to your xtracopy folder copy *.* d:\xtracopy Wait until DOS transfers all the files over, then just use Nero (or whatever burning proggie you like) to burn the xtracopy folder. *Too Easy!* (Now *that* would be the really OLD way of doing it, gogochar). <gg> By god, it works for me. :-) @duckNrun
Also to paraphrase "It's A Wonderful Life": everytime a DRM scheme fails an angel gets it wings!
[img] " border=0> GOOD ANALOGY! Let's hope that George Bailey (gogochar) won't get discouraged and jump into the river over this. (Just kidding, gogochar) :-) I'll be watching AnyDVD closely on this one. (DVDFabDecrypter too).
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2310.8.2006 12:00

hello klingon.. this is a good read Movie transfers to DVDs to become easier A film industry group is set to remove some of the procedural hurdles that prevented the legal recording of movies onto blank DVDs in a further sign that Hollywood studios are preparing to expand what consumers can do with downloadable movies. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. go here to read the article

2410.8.2006 12:20

hello klingon..
Hi Ireland! Wow. What an awful thing that article describes. "CSS-Compatible Blank DVDs". Who would ever buy such nonsense? What they are talking about is trading in fluxDVD data corruption, for homemade dvds you can make, that will be automatically encrypted with the standard dvd-player-compatible CSS. (really really dumb) It's dumb because if we have a "regular" CSS-encrypted disc, we can just RIP it in the "regular" way! Remember that old movie... "Dumb And Dumber"? (or 'Dumb-er-er' or whatever it was called). Well, these noo-&-improoved schemes they keep coming up with strike me as "Stoopid & Stoopider". <ggg>

2510.8.2006 14:18

I've tried it with every decyrpter that I could find and haven't been succesful yet. And they have all ripped at the lowest possible speed I could get them. Hasn't worked yet, but now I will rip by dragging the folder over. I will update you on the status. BTW, I tried the DVD on different DVD players and none of them showed signs of weakness yet. They're all compatible, but some of the DVD players took a little longer than usual (according to their owners) to load the DVD. I've noticed that the DVDs start out at title 51!!!

2610.8.2006 16:53

duckNrun thats why I sugjested diffrent speeds,I have noticed that diffrently levels of damaged DVD/CD/data? will read better the slower you go. I have rented a few DVDs that are quite unreadable at 16X yet funtin fine at 4X. gogochar in between cpying attemtp breaks did you try and assecse the qauilty of the DVD itself,IE skiping palying stoping and such?after all if it works 70% of the time its mroe or less going in the right direction.

2710.8.2006 17:36

Oh, the quality is DVD quality. I just don't get how they put the freakin' stinkin' "checksum errors" on the disc!

2810.8.2006 17:43

gogochar to keep it from spawing copies duh :P Anyway so the DVDs work fine no skipping and such? then they have made thier point it works for most people most of the time ,the same can be said for used DVDs *L* and is in a format they have some crontrol over,is it the best setup no,it will evolve,grow and change in time.

2910.8.2006 19:32

zippy: yep you did and I thought it was a good idea! A_Klingon: for us XP types couldn't we just grap a dos disk (boot or otherwise) and be done with it? Does it work on 'regular' movie type dvd's as well? If so, when you burn them to a DVD-9 do are they still protected? (Hence, exerting fair use to back up legally purchased media while following the DMCA and not 'bypassing' or removing the CP)

3010.8.2006 19:58

"CSS-Compatible Blank DVDs" bascily means that whatever media you use to burn it to its a one time shot you can paly with the downlaoded data IE back it up bu the DVD it creates is only good for 1 copy,however if you can BACKUP/COPY the downlaoded data and spawn a mass of un copyable DVDs....have you not just misssed the point of forceing the DVD to be uncopyable? 0_o altho if soethign as simple as this makes hollywood happy let them have it,altho they'll just DRM the downloads and then of corse you'll have to find the cracks for the enver ends *L*

3111.8.2006 16:54

@duckNrun ... Yes, you certainly could use a simple DOS boot-floppy disc, in fact, that's not a bad idea at all. Especially for WinXP users, because Willy Gates has removed all traces of DOS in XP. But no .... you can't just copy over, file-for-file, a store-bought retail CSS encrypted disc. You have to rip the disc in the usual fashion first. Naturally, all of your disc backups have already been deCSS'd by the ripper of your choice. SO, if you put that backed-up disc into your burner and go to the video_ts folder, *every single file* (.vob, .bup ...) is emminently copiable to a hard-disc folder of your choice. (They are, after all, just data files.) Sure, you can copy over a full dual-layer 8-gig DVD-9 collection of vobs this way. Complete with menus and 'extras' and subtitles and 57 different languages - the whole 9 yards. Whatever you told your ripper to do earlier, DOS will copy everything over for you. (I use DOS every single day - wouldn't be without it). You don't have to worry about *which* files (in the video_ts folder) to copy - just copy over the Whole Set of files. Use the "wildcard" feature (asterics '*')... In XP, you could make a folder on your desktop where you can see it. (maybe, say "EatMyShorts") In DOS, that would simply be "md EatMyShorts" (without the quotation marks) Put an already backed-up DVD disc into your burner. Go to it's video_ts folder. ("cd video_ts"). Punch up a directory listing if you like. ("dir"). You'll see the whole DVD in file-form in front of you. Simply copy over ALL the files it has into your <EatMyShorts> folder. ("copy F:\video_ts\*.* c:\desktop\eatmyshorts") (or wherever XP puts your desktop) If you're using a boot-floppy, you can just put the <EatMyShorts> folder *anywhere* on your HDD. If you're already IN the disc's video_ts folder, just type "copy *.* c:\desktop\eatmyshorts" (This is all very basic stuff). Alternatively, you could just get Nero to clone the disc for you. "Disc-To-Disc" copy. But no, dunNrun, DOS won't recognize a CSS-encrypted disc. But for me, this process is so simple and foolproof, I've even written a simple batch file (.bat) to automate the process. It probably wouldn't work for those bum CinemaNow discs though. [shrug]

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3211.8.2006 17:12

Well, I give up. It won't copy over to the hard drive. There's only one other option I haven't tried yet. ISOBuster!

3311.8.2006 17:43

gogochar, you're a really good sport for telling us your findings with this CinemaNow thingee. *Someone's* gonna rot-the-sox off this corrupt fluxDVD stuff, have no fear. Maybe DVDFab or AnyDVD, or even "GrandMum Margaret's Handy-Dandy Home-Baked Flux-Buster Backer-Upper" program, coming soon to a shareware section near you. Did you have to pay for the file you downloaded, or was it a free sample? (I don't have XP or WMP 10 so I can't download anything, besides I only have a slow old dial-up system). <modem> What is the downloaded file's size? What is it's file-extension? (.mp2?; .mpeg2?; .exe?) Was it just a single file? (My FAT32 file system won't allow a single filesize over 4 GB.) I assume you can play the originally-downloaded file(s) back any time you want with Win Med Player 10? Does movie playback in WMP 10 require a downloaded "license" like those stupid 15-days-only .wma music files from Microsoft? Some of those CinemaNow flics are only rentals - good for only 24 hours, right? (Just curious, thanks.) -- Mike --

3411.8.2006 18:47

GrandMum Margaret's Handy-Dandy Home-Baked Flux-Buster Backer-Upper
That one had me rolling! The file I downloaded ( was free. And it required that you download the CinemaNow burner. It was of course the fluxDVD proggy in disguise. They can disguise the average customer, but I know what they really use. Just follow the instructions it gives and try it out and you’ll see what I was talking about. Yes you can play it on Windows Media Player, I haven’t tried the actual file on any other media player though. The downloaded file size is a little less than 100 MB (won’t take so long if you’re using Firefox and broadband). The file name is “cinemanow_sample_dvd.fluxdvd” without quotes. It doesn’t have any time limits or license required. According to CinemaNow, you own it (even though you can only do what they tell you to do with it…until AnyDVD fixes that). Unless you’re under the little selection that says “Burn to DVD”, everything is for rent, I just don’t know for how long. The only solution I could find is to burn the file to a data disc (using Nero) then copy the disc (because you have only copied the file, not sent it through fluxDVD). Then, bring it over to your friend's computers and have them install CinemaNow’s burner, then process the file to DVD. It takes about an hour to process the files to where it can be read to DVD, so it wastes everyone’s time and money. It’s just cheaper to go out to Best Buy and buy the DVD. It has the case, the sleeve and you don’t have to worry about the DVD-R. It saves money, can be backed up and is cheaper. Let’s just pray to God that they don’t introduce this bull “Checksum Error” crap into Blu-ray or HD DVDs!!!
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3511.8.2006 20:44

@ Klingon: ok thanks, I got ya. I was pretty sure that it was the Rum making me misunderstand ya cause I was pretty sure you couldn't just use DOS to bypass the CP, as well as the fact retail DVDs not having the sector to write the CSS to causing trouble if you could do it. Thanks to gogchar as well for all the experimenting!

3611.8.2006 20:58

A_Klingon Not to mention XP dosent have a simple low level scandisc,copy other non XP or safe mode thigns you need if you want to save files and shit befor formating and fixing XP when it goes nuts. God I miss dos.. you an fix 9x with dos but XP is a whole other monster....

3712.8.2006 4:25

God I miss dos.. you an fix 9x with dos but XP is a whole other monster....
Zippy, I use both Win 2K, and Win 98SE alternatively. The DOS system included with WIN 2K is not very user-friendly (the text-screen looks weird), but if you know anyone who has Win98 installed...... You can make a boot-disc floppy very easily. You wouldn't need to go into XP for anything. Everything you need fits on a single 1.44 disc. It also includes optical disc support (your reader/writer). (Or else you could just PM me ....) ;-)

3812.8.2006 5:46

I have not used this movie dowload service but reading this thread about the problems has me wondering.

fluxDVD puts a crap storm of dummy files so a ripping them (even if I do succeed and I will) will take forever!
what is stopping anyone from using a program like VobBlanker to clean it up first? Please let me know.

3912.8.2006 6:53

I'll try that right now. ADDED: Well, when I used the "SCAN TITLE VOBUs" option, it scanned for a bit and then popped a message that read "Input error: Reached end of VOB too early" then "VOB scan aborted". Wierd. Anyway the initial MB was 12765 and the MB that it would be after the files were done processing would be 7726. I then hit "PROCESS" and not 2 seconds later it crashed! fluxDVD is the best out there... so far.

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4012.8.2006 8:56

Until GrandMother Margaret (a feisty little lady by all accounts who doesn't give up easily) has had a chance to examine this problem in more detail, she suggests the following: Put the crummy CinemaNow file into a 2-quart saucepan. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a rapid boil on "high" for at least 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Usually, all the corrupted dummy-file DRM stuff will float to the surface as a kind of 'scum', which can be ladled-off with a large spoon. With a bowl underneath, pour whatever's left through a fine-mesh strainer, and discard the rest. (You might want to open up the kitchen window up to let all the stink out). Pour the remaining bowl's contents into a greased casserole disk, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top to help keep the smell down, and bake at 350 degrees F. for at least a half hour. (Miss Margaret says the extra cooking is necessary because this fluxDVD thing is only a "half-baked idea to begin with".) Remove from oven, and allow to cool before dumping the movie onto a wire cake-rack. "If you can't swallow what's left", remarked Miss Margaret, "let me see what I can up with." When pressed for further details, Miss Margaret could not be reached, as she is busy attending a bake-sale at her local Pennecostal church's charity drive. All kidding aside ...... Should AnyDVD, or any other of the good software programmers out there, have good fortune in *completely* de-DRM-ing this latest CinemaNow fiasco, what do you want to bet that the CN site won't "mysteriously" withdraw their "offerings" ? It's US against THEM. Fair Use vs. Big Bizzness. The whole Internet Community vs. the once-respected author of ratDVD. (Who do you think has more collective programming power?) And I wouldn't mess with Miss Margaret if I were you. I'm scared to death of her! <ggg> :-) -- a_K --

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4214.8.2006 8:52

Are there any of websites other than CimemaNow that you can download movies that will be in mpeg or AVI format? and what about sum movies that are in theaters is there a site you can download these legally with sum kind of subsciption maybe?

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4314.8.2006 10:00

There are a couple. RealMovies with Starz is what I use to have, iTunes is about have one, MovieLink. The only one that has the "Burn to DVD" function is CinemaNow. Everyone else has the "Rent" option.

4414.8.2006 12:48

A_Klingon I manage without it,after a few years without a bootdisk I jsut reinstall/update XP if its still a messed up backup fiels and format and install,its the long way around but XP is evil like that.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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4514.8.2006 17:31

No problem, Zippy. (But I'll tell you a secret - there is NO real substitute for a clean boot floppy disc.) DOS is a much under-rated system. VERY convenient. Simple but effective. It does what it says it will do. And ....... DOS has NO DRM !!! I do ALL my housecleaning (HDD) chores with it. Since I was "born and raised at the DOS Command Line Prompt", it's all second nature to me. You can do stuff with it that you can't do with any of the MS operating systems. Let me know if you ever want a boot floppy. -- a_K --

4614.8.2006 17:42

DOS is very good soemtiems I think they would have been off buliding it up then have windose as a simi buggy GUI. I tried over the eyars to use it but it hates NTSF 0_o Howare the Scan disk and Defrag stuff? I use Powerdefrag to leave XP and have it reboot in a low low mode in order to proply defrag it. Right now the only mystry I have yet to solve is good data recorvy programs been tryign to get a cheap nortaon host but not much luck with that at least goback put the XPs HD "backup" on a diffrent HD,but in order for a soild restore you need to backup out of XP. these is where raid confuses me as I see it not beign much better ..I think *L*

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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