I love my DVD player. I know I’ll also love my Blu-ray player, in spite of the so-so upconversion of many of my favorite DVDs.
But there is one thing that I hate about either format, and it’s the fact that I cannot skip through certain sections of any DVD or Blu-ray disc. You know what I’m talking about: The anti-piracy page that says I’ll be tossed in jail for copying the movie for my peeps. (I know that.) The page that tells me how the commentary tracks do not express the opinions or beliefs of the studio releasing the movie. (Duh.) Or the appearance of a studio’s animated logo outside of the feature presentation, which has to be viewed every time, all the way through. (I know them all by heart.) I’ve even encountered a few discs where I can’t skip through the previews!
I’m not sure why I have to be tortured with these things every time I watch a DVD. They’re my players and my discs. I paid for them. I know these things are there for legal reasons. Fine. Just don’t waste my time with them. Legal obligations have been fulfilled by their simple inclusion on the discs. That’s all that should matter. And those 30 to 60 seconds of my life wasted with each movie add up, like my irritation.
What’s creepier is the idea that someday someone will devise a way to keep people from fast-forwarding through the commercials during programs they recorded on their TiVo.
Corporations exert enough control over our lives. They don’t need to have control over our remotes.