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Last week on the Dutch TV news there was an item regarding DVD. Apparently
in the Netherlands it costs some 200 Guildens to have a DVD player adapted
so that it plays DVDs of all regions, they said it was a simple alteration.
Actually very often DVD players are sold already altered, since people will
want them altered anyway.
Some said it was costing the film industry millions, because the region 1
DVDs get imported and are often already in the shops prior to the film
coming to movie halls in Europe. They interviewed some cinema goers and
some said if they had the DVD they wouldn't see the movie any more, others
said that if the movie was good, they would anyway, and a few said "What's
The best solution, according to some people, such as film theatre owners
etc., is to bring out movies in Europe around the same time as in the US,
that way the movie would be in the cinemas over here prior to the DVDs of
said movies being released in the US and shipped here. Makes sense to me...
Anyway, it sounds to me as if this region encoding is starting to be a bit
of a joke :-)
There was no mention whatsoever of the TV standard being different (US=NTSC
-Europe=PAL), which makes me assume that in the Netherlands, like in
Belgium, multi-standard TVs are becoming the norm rather than the exception....
And over here, all the DVD players in the shops seem to be ntsc/pal, I
assume the same is the case in the Netherlands.
I did a search for DVD writers or burners (whatever one calls them) on the
Net - apparently they are available already, only one needs some extra
equipment and they are expensive. Didn't look like one could store it all
in a computer, those computer cases seem to get smaller as years go by
(only they increase in size, really, but so does the size of their insides :-)
Computers have come a long way, haven't they, from the ones that took up
whole walls like the one in UFO....
>What DID happen to Pipex's server!? It's likely something rather disastrous
>for it to be down so long. I hope it hasn't destroyed a lot of archives.
In the end, a server is just a computer (or a bank of computers, rather)
with server software on it and modems attached to it, and connected to the
Net via telephone lines (thick ones, more likely called cables :-), then it
needs an official designation assigned by the PTB (Internic, I believe they
are called? Some company or other in San Diego). If one computer is down,
the others should work? If one modem is down, the rest should work? If the
cable is broken, it can be fixed? If Internic doesn't assign the address
right, that too can be fixed? Or maybe someone forgot to pay a bill somewhere?
I think the whole thing is decidedly fishy. The most likely explanation is
the aliens froze time once again. Who has a supply of the Timelash drug
left? Dr. Jackson, where are you?