DRM vs Cyborgs

nym | 06:26 PM
Is this the future of moviegoing?
Going to the movies is not what it used to be. Security at the studio-owned theatres is heavy, it's not a trip to be taken lightly. But if you want to see the film everyone is talking about without waiting a year for the home release, you have little choice. When you enter the lobby the first thing you see are long ranks of tiny, thumbprint activated lockers. This is where you must leave all of your electronics, your personal server and peripherals, even your watch, and you had better not be wearing smart spectacles or contacts. As you enter the security zone you're scanned for anything you may have forgotten. Cochlea and optical implants must be capable of responding with a coded RF identification signal to indicate their systems are secure and cannot record. People with older models, or models implanted abroad where such interrogation is illegal, are turned away. Perhaps they would like to see one of the older releases? Once through the scanner you must submit to a biometric ID test - this is where the known bloggers, hackers and spoilers are ejected. Finally there is the non-disclosure agreement to be signed - these days most moviegoers choose to sign via the MPAAs annual subscription, just trying to take some of the hassle out of visiting the cinema. Finally you get to see the film. In the auditorium the audience is constantly scanned by an AI looking for suspicious activity, so don't rummage in your pockets for too long. It's strange that all this effort to protect the movie industry has done so little to improve the movies.

[ Link via boingboing ]


Hmm...I don't get this. Is this for pre-release events that happen a week or two before launch? I think I'm going to conclude that this idea is both strange and non-sensical, as it seems most movies are released on the internet prior to ever hitting the theater. If someone wanted to steal them, doing it low-qual in a theater is a pretty bad way.

In any event, if the filmgoing experience in any way resembles an airport experience, theaters will die out faster than they are already (currently, Home Theaters are the culprit). Studio-owned theaters will quickly lose profitability to non-studio-owned ones.

Posted by: sfam at January 27, 2006 03:23 PM
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