Originally Posted by AmigoHD
well, sure. but i have my line. here in switzerland cinavia discs are even more expensive than cinavia free BD. and 3D is a premium price as well. i don't want to pay almost 100% more for a cinavia protected 3d blu-ray in switzerland than elsewhere. so my choice is made :-) i will never buy a cinavia protected BD and/or player.
I severly doubt that cinavia is causing the higher prices where you live. The prices are probably more related to the VAT tax and other import duties or fees. If we import movies to the US, from europe or asia, they can range from 100% to 400% higher in price.
Cinavia (aka a watermark) is a analog
high frequency noise, a freqency higher than the human ear can detect, that is embedded in the audio track of the studio master. Anything that is made from the studio master will have the watermark embedded in it. This will be any shiney disc, digital download, OTA cable and satellite broadcasts, basically everything imaginable. There is probably a piece of hardware in the devices audio decoders that will listen for the special frequency and if it doesn't hear it then the playback will stop or the audio will be muted. There maybe software in the playback device but I can't say for sure. The watermark will have no effect on devies that don't have the specific hardware/software to hear it. I suspect that anything that did not come from the studio master will not work going forward in time and it will be difficult to defeat this as the signal is an analog waveform, not digital.
Nobody should be upset that this is happening as all this was determined by the content owners more than a decade ago. You have to honestly ask your self "what was I doing in the mid to late nineties when all this was being finalized". I do not support this myself but there is little I or anybody can do now as the war was already won by the content owners long ago. For this reason I never got involved with making my own copies of movies and music as I figured it would be a waste of time when they finally started to implement their copy protection. I don't condem you if you do this but you will find it increasingly difficult to continue doing this going forward. You are going to have to ask yourself how much of your life do you want to waste trying to defeat all this.
Again I do not support what the content owners are doing but it is way to late to do anything about it. I most likely will buy the new OPPO as I do not care about Cinavia as long as it doesn't interfere with the playback of my ligitimate copies of movies and music.