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May 17

The rise & fall of self destructing DVD’s

It’s July 2003 and this online news was titled “This DVD will self destruct in 48 hours” but how many of us ever entered the realm of the EZ-D Self Destructing DVDs?

In  August 2003 a disc called EZ-D was released.  The EZ-D was sold in an airtight envelope and once opened the surface of the disc starts to react with the air, slowly changing colour from red to an opaque black over the course of 2 days.  Theory was that as DVD players use a laser beam to read information held on the informative layer beneath the surface of the disc, that once the disc has started to react and the surface becomes opaque the DVD is no longer readable, therefore ideal for DVD rental.  People could simply purchase a film on DVD, watch it and dispose of it, none of the inconvenience of taking the DVD back to the video store.

At the time many people questioned the purpose of a self destructing DVD, but the company Flexplay Technologies who developed the EZ-D suggested that the discs would make movie rental easier and more convenient, with the idea that the discs would be available through vending machines, hotel lobbies and newsagents.  Buena Vista Home Entertainment (a division of Walt Disney) did release a few EZ-D titles, but sadly the theory never really caught on, with the average person preferring pay per view on satellite and cable TV.

The idea of disc’s having “limited lifespan” lives on, but rather than having a self destructing disc, it’s very much more about how long the content is available to the user.  With online access codes, predetermined passwords or content validity, here at Handisc we have a range of options to make your data as accessible or as inaccessible as you like.  Call our Team today on 01264 335118 for further information