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UltraViolet: DRM by any other name still stinks

First major outing of Hollywood's UltraViolet digital streaming effort shows the scheme for what it really is: DRM all over again, and a way to make you pay for content over and over, too.

By March 16, 2012


Courts have likely killed DVD-copying media servers

Remember Kaleidescape's attempt to sell a server that let you copy your DVDs for personal use? Sounded like a good idea to help keep DVDs alive, but eight years on, Kaleidescape suffers another defeat in court.

By February 2, 2012


Kaleidescape loses; DVD copying falls again

Decision comes a day after a federal court placed a preliminary injunction on the sale of RealDVD. The one-two punch in the courts is likely to rock the technology community.

By August 12, 2009


RealNetworks: A tale of opportunities missed

There's no question Rob Glaser was an Internet pioneer, but he was unable to stay ahead of the pack. CNET takes a look at what happened.

By March 15, 2010


NYC high-end audio store parties like it's 1999

Recession? What recession? New York City high-end retailer Stereo Exchange celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend.

By November 6, 2009


Is RealDVD dispute really about a DVD jukebox?

CNET snaps photos of RealNetworks' "Facet," a prototype DVD player that copies and stores hundreds of films. Is this the real reason Hollywood sued Real?

By April 29, 2009


Real files suit against Hollywood studios to keep RealDVD alive

RealNetworks files suit to "protect consumers' fair-use rights" and keep its new RealDVD software available.

By September 30, 2008


Buzz Out Loud 822: It's all about the benzenes

Stuck with a stinky new Mac Pro? Good news: it might be toxic! (No proof of toxicity has been determined.)

By October 2, 2008


MPAA to request injunction against RealDVD

The battle over RealNetworks' RealDVD movie-copying technology finally erupts when the company and Hollywood studios file lawsuits against each other.

By September 30, 2008


LaCie's LaCinema Premier: The DVD ripper's friend?

The LaCie LaCinema Premier has AV outputs, so it can play back your digital media on any TV.

By February 14, 2008