Most DVDs these days prevent you from fast-forwarding or
skipping the FBI piracy warnings. Math question: if this wastes 10 seconds of 100 millon people's time, oh, say, 6 times a year, how many people's lives have the idiots who cooked this up completely wasted? And shouldn't they go to jail for spiteful endangerment?
What is the point of these, anyway? Does anyone really believe these warnings convince anyone not to pirate? Or that you can't prosecute people for piracy unless you have first forced them to sit through the warnings?
And don't get me started on studios forcing us to sit through their distribution logos, or forcing you to skip each preview individually before they let you access the main menu.
Where can I buy a DVD player that short circuits all this vicious nonsense?
Labels: technology, watching movies
And coming from a producers who could lose money from piracy, that means something. I'm serious here.
With my DVD player, I could put the DVD in, turn it off, then hit play to turn it back on and it will usually jump straight to the movie.
Useful little cheat.
DVD-Copyright-Protection-Cracking software will often remove what's called "User Prohibited Operations."
But I've only heard about these things. I've never been in the same state while such software was in use for it would be wrong.
And be sure to try all your options. "Menu", "Fast-Forward", "Chapter Skip", and "Commercial Skip" (if your player has it) might get you past some of those useless parts. A lot of the time one option will be disabled but another will work.
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