RealNetworks’ (RNWK) latest product: RealDVD, a $30 software app that lets you rip DVDs to your hard drive to watch on your computer. While Real has taken precautions to prevent nefarious use — DRM, a limit of computers the movies can be viewed on, etc. — this will piss off the movie industry; the NYT has a rundown of the copyright situation.
But if the software takes off, who’s a clear-cut winner? Netflix, obviously.
People don’t want to rip a movie to their computer that they already own on DVD — there’s no point to that. Especially if Real’s DRM prevents you from watching it on an iPod. So where’s the best place to get a steady flow of movies long enough to rip — without having to buy them? From red paper envelopes, of course. If RealDVD catches on, expect Netflix (NFLX) to benefit.
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