Source: Warner Brothers Screws Over Veronica Mars Kickstarter Backers with DRM-Loaded Content
Like many of our readers, I was very excited when Matchbox 20 front man Rob Thomas announced a feature length Veronica Mars movie that would be crowd funded through Kickstarter. Unlike most of our readers, who are fat, sad, single troglodytes who live in their parent’s basement typing away about shit they know nothing about, I have a wife who told me “no” I wasn’t going to help fund the project.
RU: Hey, WIFE type person, can I…
RU: I didn’t even…
Turns out, she was right.
Although a “free” digital download of the movie for only a $35 donation seemed like a good deal, backers are realizing today that WB, the studio distributing the film, isn’t really “giving away” a DRM free digital copy of the film as some backers assumed they would. Nor are they providing a working digital copy, as most of the backers assumed they would. From geekosystem.com:
…those of you who were promised digital downloads of the film now have to content with the dreaded Warner Brothers-run Ultraviolet streaming service on Flixster.
What the fuck is Flixter? Ibid:
Flixster is basically the Origin to Warner Brothers’ EA Games; it’s a terribly run, stupefyingly laggy service that you’ve probably only ever used if you were given a digital copy of a film along with a Blu-Ray…
The backlash has been so bad that Rob Thomas (Warner Brothers) issued a statement that basically told people to read the fine print, you fucking morons:
We know that some of you have strong opinions about the decision to provide digital versions of the movie through Flixster [...] As you’ll see in the original FAQ on our Kickstarter page, we’ve always planned to include Flixster as a digital distribution platform. But I also know that many of you use iTunes, Amazon or other platforms, and would prefer to claim your digital copies on your favorite service, so we hoped we’d also be able to arrange for more options. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible. In the end, Flixster was the best option for getting the digital movie reward out to all of you, worldwide, at the same time.
The Wrap is reporting that there will be some sort of refund to Veronica Mars backers, but only after they purchase the movie at a later date. Quoting from The Wrap, mainly because I haven’t had enough coffee yet today to try and make it make any kind of sense:
Dissatisfied contributors will either receive $10 or a full refund after buying the movie elsewhere. That will assuage some commenters divided over whether or not to blame Thomas. But it will not spare Flixster, a movie site Warner Bros. acquired in 2011, or UltraViolet, the cloud-based movie storage service run by a studio-backed consortium.
All of that led to this...
WIFE: I told you that it wasn’t worth it, now wash my feet!
RU: Yes, dear.
Here’s a link to a video of Kristen Bell from Reefer Madness that should make it all better. I would have embedded it, but "Embedding disabled by request."
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