I noticed today that Amazon is having a pretty good sale on some of their video on demand titles. I actually considered purchasing several of these items:
Now I have to admit that on several occasions when our TiVo became confused and failed to record a show we wanted to watch that I have purchased that particular episode from Amazon. In general, when this has happened, I have been pleased with the quality of the video as well as the absence of commercials.
So, when I saw this video on demand sale this morning I asked my self why I wasn’t jumping to take advantage of it. After thinking about it I decided that the only reason was the oppressive DRM Amazon uses on these videos.
I mean, when I buy one of these I own it, right? So why can’t I burn it to a DVD? Copy it to a PC? Copy it from one TiVo to another? Convert it for viewing on my Video iPod or iPhone?
Hell, I have even downloaded video that Amazon was giving away for free and was not allowed to copy it from the living room TiVo to the bedroom for viewing.
I’m sure that all this DRM comes from the TV/movie industries and is forced upon Amazon but I am upset that Amazon (as well as Apple) is not using its considerable clout to stand up for my rights. Why do I not have the freedom to view the video I purchase from Amazon the way I want? Why can’t I create a backup copy of the video I own rather than relying on Amazon to store a copy for me?
Sorry for going off on a rant. This just really pisses me off.