The World Series may have wrapped up last week, but there’s still plenty of action in the world of baseball. Owners are considering the use of instant replay, A-Rod is looking for a $350 million pay day, and MLB is finding new ways to torture fans with the careless use of DRM.
The off-season can seem excruciatingly long for baseball fans. With months to go before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, hardcore fans often turn to MLB.com for a quick fix of baseball action. Some fans even shell out a few bucks to download videos of their favorite games. Recently though, fans who have built substantial libraries of game videos are finding out that their video collections have become unplayable.
Allan Wood’s experience is a classic example of the risks involved in buying DRM protected media products. Over the years, Wood has purchased nearly $300 in game videos from MLB.com. He’s recently discovered that those videos are now worthless. Major League Baseball has apparently changed DRM providers — in the process, they’ve deactivated the DRM license servers that validate previously purchased videos for playback.