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Doctor Who Vs. Azureus
BBC inks Zudeo distribution deal
by Karl Bode 08:58AM Thursday Dec 21 2006
Earlier this month, the makers of Azureus announced that they'd be creating a new service that was part HD Youtube and part iTunes video store. The beta service, dubbed Zudeo, has Azureus 3.0 at its core, which users have picked on for being a little clunky and bloated. Hoping to boost the project's legitimacy, it looks like the BBC will be offering "hundreds of episodes" worth of TV shows via the service, though no pricing plan has been announced. There's also been no mention of what kind of DRM will be used.

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sharkpedal

join:2005-05-04
PA

Doctor Who Vs. Azureus

"There's also been no mention of what kind of DRM will be used.."

My favorite flavour of DRM - NONE!

"Put that in your blunt and smoke it!" Douglas "Dr. Evil" Powers

insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN

Re: Doctor Who Vs. Azureus

If they use drm the service will fail before it starts. People aren't going to donate their upload for drm locked content, when they can just non drm locked content just as easy if not easier.
jebba2005

join:2005-01-13
Portland, ME

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Re: Doctor Who Vs. Azureus

The titles will be protected by digital rights management software to prevent the programmes being traded illegally on the internet.

thats from the bbc site, so sad.

edit---site not sight

CrzyCanuk

@niagara.net
They might if they receive some sort of credits for seeding that they can put towards future downloads for free content and/or discounts. Even if the material weren't DRM, I'd have a problem with someone making money on my upload bandwidth (which I paid for) without some sort of compensation.
beatbox32

join:2001-05-10
Irvine, CA

Tom Baker..

If I can get some Non-DRM Tom Baker-years Dr. Who, I'll be sittin happy!

cableties
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1 recommendation

Exterminate DRM!

Ex-term-inate!!

ARGONAUT
Have a nice day.
Premium
join:2006-01-24
New Albany, IN
kudos:1

Re: Exterminate DRM!

LOL...

Long time Dr.Who fan here.
dentman42
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join:2001-10-02
Columbus, OH
Wonder if it can be cracked with a sonic screwdriver...

To paraphrase Tom quoting Berusa: "There's nothing more useless than a file with DRM"
vernalex
Premium
join:2000-10-19
Manchester, CT

No DRM, please!

I would be willing to pay for videos. But, only if they are reasonably priced, high quality and DRM-free.

I can already "pirate" all of the Doctor Who series. This will always be the case whether or not they include DRM or not. So, why would I pay for something of lower quality than what I can download? DRM is not a feature, but instead an insult to the customer. It is annoying and it slows down the playback.
dentman42
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join:2001-10-02
Columbus, OH

Re: No DRM, please!

I doubt the DRM crippled copies will be better than what I can already get, probably won't be as good. The ones I've seen are in 16x9 aspect and are better quality than SciFi's broadcasts (though at least SciFi's copies are better quality for season 2/28 than they were for 1/27). As it was, I bought the 1/27 boxset from amazon.ca a couple days after it was released, so they made their money from me.

(And Kudos to SciFi for the fastest US broadcast for a new season - best I saw previously was when PBS ran season 24 at the end of 1989)