Movie studios keep a close watch

A company in California called Movielink is about to make available a service that allows movies downloaded through its online service to be burned to DVD. Unlike other online movie services which only allows downloaded movies to be viewed on either the machine it was downloaded on, movies downloaded using Movielink will be watchable on any DVD player. The only problem with this strategy is the feedback it's getting from Hollywood studios.

Fortunately, Movielink says that its using a technology from Sonic Solutions, that places DRM protection onto the movies. The protection prevents users from making multiple copies of the movie, either from the service or from DVD to DVD -- although DVD movie protection schemes have been anything but reliable.

Movielink's CEO Jim Ramo told reporters "we are anticipating an industry resolution to establish rules for converting secure Internet-delivered Movielink downloads into a secure format compatible with DVD players. Movielink did not comment on when its service would be available to customers but the company said that only customers in the US would be allowed to use its services at this time.

DailyTech previously reported that the BitTorrent file sharing technology has received more movie studio support. Since the beginning of 2006, BitTorrent has been receiving increased support from IT companies to movie studios alike.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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