I was reading a pretty interesting site today about the new DivX technology. For those who don't know, DivX is a way of presenting movies that is relatively similar to DVDs. DivX movies come on CD-sized discs and cost about $4 or $5. After you install them in your DivX player, you have 48 hours to watch them. If you go over that time limit, your player will send a message via modem to a service provider that indicates that you should be charged an extra $4. Yeah, a modem. You have to register your player with a service that keeps your credit card number on file so they can bill you. If you like the movie enough, you can upgrade it to a permanent play level for an extra $25. However, you can only play it on your player. It won't work on any other players unless it has been registered for the $4 charge. So, a movie can now cost a whopping $29+. Isn't that a load of shit?
[editor's note: keep a credit card on file online?!?! Who would do such a thing?!?!]