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1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Duane Dibbley » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:18 pm

Is it me, or is this a totally worthless and completely ludicrous auction?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Divx-Movies-1000-Piece-Wholesale-Lot-Different-Titles_W0QQitemZ250510469422QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Movies_Other_Formats?hash=item3a5396692e#ht_6456wt_941

Didn't DIVX players need to phone home to function? I suppose you could make a profit if you sold the discs as coasters for $2 each.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby mkiker2089 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:12 pm

Divx did seem to use DRM so it's possible that someone may be able to break that DRM.

I thought DivX was the one that physically decayed. What were those? I know Staples tried to bring them back 6 months ago but I don't think it took off this time either.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby stypee » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:16 pm

Um.. yeah.... why?
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Duane Dibbley » Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:01 pm

The DIVX player had to authorize the disc via modem, I believe. Since the authorization servers no longer exist, there would be no way to play these discs back, unless someone figured out a hack. I believe the discs that you're referring to functioned as standard DVDs until a chemical reaction rendered them useless. It's the same basic idea as DIVX, but those you could actually watch once, unlike the thousand DIVX discs this guy is selling. Thankfully, both of these schemes failed. Unfortunately for this guy, I don't see his auction selling anytime soon.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Dan Mancini » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:06 pm

DivX is a codec. DIVX was a rental system. It's pretty safe to assume that the auction is for DivX discs, which you'd most likely watch on a computer, though some DVD players are capable of handling the codec. It's extremely unlikely the dude is selling a thousand old DIVX discs.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Duane Dibbley » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:52 pm

Dan Mancini wrote:DivX is a codec. DIVX was a rental system. It's pretty safe to assume that the auction is for DivX discs, which you'd most likely watch on a computer, though some DVD players are capable of handling the codec. It's extremely unlikely the dude is selling a thousand old DIVX discs.

Take another look at the photos.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Steve T Power » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:24 am

Those are the real deal - old school Circuit City DIVX discs. I talked him down to 900 and i just bought em all - what a deal!
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Dan Mancini » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:24 am

Duane Dibbley wrote:
Dan Mancini wrote:DivX is a codec. DIVX was a rental system. It's pretty safe to assume that the auction is for DivX discs, which you'd most likely watch on a computer, though some DVD players are capable of handling the codec. It's extremely unlikely the dude is selling a thousand old DIVX discs.

Take another look at the photos.

Before I take another look, I have to take a look. I didn't follow the link, assuming that no one would actually be selling DIVX discs (frankly, why would anyone sell DivX discs? And who would buy them? It's more of a download-and-watch style codec).

STP: Are you going to use both copies of The Full Monty? If not, I'll take one off your hands for a dollar. I mean, if you send me the dollar (US) along with the disc.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Steve T Power » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:51 am

Dan Mancini wrote:
Duane Dibbley wrote:
Dan Mancini wrote:DivX is a codec. DIVX was a rental system. It's pretty safe to assume that the auction is for DivX discs, which you'd most likely watch on a computer, though some DVD players are capable of handling the codec. It's extremely unlikely the dude is selling a thousand old DIVX discs.

Take another look at the photos.

Before I take another look, I have to take a look. I didn't follow the link, assuming that no one would actually be selling DIVX discs (frankly, why would anyone sell DivX discs? And who would buy them? It's more of a download-and-watch style codec).

STP: Are you going to use both copies of The Full Monty? If not, I'll take one off your hands for a dollar. I mean, if you send me the dollar (US) along with the disc.


You kidding? These are COLLECTOR'S ITEMS Danno - i'm gonna will em to my kids. They need some kind of inheritance after all.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Mitchell Hattaway » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:57 am

Hot damn! I've been looking for a pan-and-scan copy of The Object of My Affection.

Does Vargas know about this?
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Dan Mancini » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:38 pm

Mitchell Hattaway wrote:Does Vargas know about this?

I think it was around 2006 before he stopped putting frowning emoticons after his DVD listings in the What Did You Buy? threads. He was traumatized by the death of his beloved DIVX format.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Boba Fett » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:46 pm

Weren't DIVX discs almost always fullscreen?
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby mkiker2089 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:15 pm

Boba Fett wrote:Weren't DIVX discs almost always fullscreen?


Probably. It was for the disposable market and somehow cheap and foolscreen always went together.

I did some googling and it seems that the DRM was broken, but I think you'd have to be a computer scientist to implement it. I guess the general rule of thumb is any security a few years old has been broken.
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Re: 1000 DIVX discs for $1900

Postby Dan Mancini » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:55 am

Boba Fett wrote:Weren't DIVX discs almost always fullscreen?

Yes.
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