By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
December 28, 2007, 12:10 PM
The retailer decided to silently walk away from its planned video download service after HP ended its participation.
BetaNews | Loss of HP puts end to Wal-Mart’s video download store
Look, another video service going down and once your computer crash’s or you format, your videos are lost forever. Your stuck with multi-gig files (from backup) with no key to run it.
A service originally designed to compel unpaid Vista users to obtain genuine licenses is apparently being scrapped in Service Pack 1, to be replaced with a more “in-your-face” approach.
BetaNews | Vista SP1 to replace ‘Reduced Functionality’ with nagware
I just wanted to post my comment to the person who said I should not have used AOL:
It is not just AOL, it is who ever buys a company who or goes out of business or switch to a new DRM provder. I have issues with my MSN Music WMA-DRM. But obtaining “Free” replacements in same high quality are quick and easy.
Here are some WMA DRM Providers that went down:
- MusicMatch bought by Yahoo! (You must install old MM software to get it to work)
- MSN Music Gone. Lucky if you get it to work.
- URGE by MSN and MTV MSN is now gone and MTV is moving to Real Raphsidy Servce.
So the question is, is DRM a easy viable solution for people who want to be law abiding citizens?
I think one I got for free and the other one was cheap. But this goes for the same if you paid full price and use AOL Videos
Thank you for being a customer of the AOL® Video store. We have an exciting update for you on our service: to continue to bring you an industry-leading purchase experience, we have partnered with Amazon.com®. Going forward, Amazon.com® will power our video download service.
What does this mean for you?
- Videos you have already purchased from the AOL Video Store will stay on your computer, and continue to work on that computer as long as you want them.
- If you don’t already have the version for use on portable devices, please download any you need today by going here. The portable device versions won’t be available for download after December 31, 2007.
- If you want to transfer your video to any other computers, please do so today. You will not be able to move your video to other computers after December 31, 2007.
- Through the Amazon.com® service, we are able to offer you even more titles for purchase and download, and more options, such as video rentals
We are substantially changing our service, so please note:
- Going forward, to find the videos you already purchased, use these step-by-step instructions:
- Go to “My Documents” and click on “My Videos”
- Click on “AOL Video”
- The files ending in “.wmv” are your videos. Double click on the icons to watch your video anytime. If you need help, click here.
We hope you will continue to enjoy all AOL Video has to offer.
The AOL Video team
Amazon and Amazon.com are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. AOL is a registered trademark of AOL LLC.
Ok, my PC crashes or I buy a new one. I will lose them forever. I assure you AOL and Amazon I will NEVER buy DRM content from you again!! Once again another service treats people who LEGALLY purchase their content like crap. Of course it would be two expensive to leave a few servers up to allow authentication and de-activation and re-activation of DRM Movies? I think not. These are greedy companies. Heck, why doesn’t Amazon take it over and AOL transfer their certificates and keys over. That’s right, it costs time and money. It is their problem and they make it mine. Now only if there were a way I could illegally remove my DRM protection on my WMV files I LEGALLY own to keep for ever. Another idea, allow us to remove the DRM legally from our purchased files.
I just thought of something! I am gonna write a complaint letter to the Attorney general!