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 Feb 07, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* Disposable DVDs

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Wired covers what's happened to Disposable DVDs after Disney dumped them:

A spokesman for Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the division of Disney that released the films, confirmed that its disposable DVD pilot program is over. He said they are now evaluating what they want to do next.

"It looks like the technology has been set back, at least for now," said Robin Schneider, executive director of Texas Campaign for the Environment. "This is just a bad idea. I'm glad to see that both the customers and the studio ... have not responded very favorably to it."

Whaley said the Convex Group is aware of the environmental concerns about disposable DVDs and is making an effort to address them. The company refers its customers to GreenDisk, a company that recycles DVDs and CDs.

The Convex Group is also developing a way to include permanent content on a DVD in addition to the short-lived movie. Whaley said the company hopes to include an interactive game tied to the movie, a music video or a trailer that a customer would want to save.
I can't believe they keep trying this... "This DVD will self-destruct" doesn't make me want to buy it, even at a reduced price.

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