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    Sorry about my previous post just found out that single play dvds were a hoax...

    On the Internet, a hoax can spread just as fast as a genuine news story. Thatís the lesson from the bogus story published in an obscure UK business magazine yesterday that claimed Microsoft is about to unleash a new single-play DVD format.

    Paul Thurrott reprinted the story without giving credit to the original source. Bink.nu picked up the story from Paul and reprinted it verbatim.

    Techdirt commented on the original story, with attribution but without any fact-checking. So did John Walkenbach.

    The funny part? Thereís no truth to the story. None whatsoever. In fact, the original story sparked a flurry of e-mails around Microsoft as people in different groups tried to figure out where on earth this story came from. After the head-scratching stopped, a spokesmen told me, they concluded that the story was not true. ďIt appears to be confusing an existing feature within Windows Media DRM that allows for single-play of promotional digital material. This has been an option for content owners to use for some time for the Windows Media format - it does not apply to MPEG2 content found on DVDs.Ē

    Downloaded content in the Windows Media format can be DRM-protected, and if the content owner wants to limit it to a specific number of plays, or to set an expiration date for the content, thatís an option, just as it is with subscription-based music services. But itís only one of many options, and it has nothing to do with DVDs.

    So, case closed. The single-play DVD format can go back to the 1990s, where it rightfully belongs.

    Source: http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1061

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    Wasnt there already some self destruct dvd's. Like in 24 hours they would fog up or something causing them to be unreadable

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    they would go opaque so the laser couldnt read the disc havent heard anything about those in a long time

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    Thanks neotheone ,for taking the time to post the retraction ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McStabhappy
    they would go opaque so the laser couldnt read the disc havent heard anything about those in a long time
    but couldnt you like put it in your computer and rip it before it did? Those things cost like 3 bucks.

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    doubt it would catch on though,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanaywali
    doubt it would catch on though,,,
    Maybe that was the idea behind the hoax... an indirect way to gauge public opinion...

    I think the results should be fairly unanimous!

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