I was reading about the Sony PSP which can now emulate PS1 games. Apparently, after you buy and download a PS1 game from their store via your… PS3, you are then allowed to copy it 5 times from your PS3 to your PSP. I think that something like this can work for movies and music too.
You see, my biggest gripe with DVD and DRM’ed movies (except region-locking) is that you are not allowed to transfer them from device to device. I believe that most people would be happy if there was a single DRM format (as I have many times advocated) and that it allows each movie to be copied unlimited times to 3 devices only. For example, a BluRay/HD-DVD/DVD disk can be played on its expected hardware player connected to a TV, once on a laptop or PC and once on a mobile device (PMP or phone). Then, the user can also buy additional “copies”, if for example he/she requires an additional copy for his/her child’s PMP, for a small amount of money.
I believe that such a thing would work well, because it doesn’t legally limit users from ripping their disks and what not. But on the other hand, it requires to “lock” a physical disk or ripped data to specific devices, it requires an internet connection to allow a disk to lock/unlock and register its existence with a main server at MPAA’s site, and you will have to kiss your privacy bye-bye as RIAA/MPAA will know exactly what kind of devices you have at home (not that this is such a big secret, but hey).
Then again, this is how DivX and their Certification Program works for 3 years now. It hasn’t created major problems, so I don’t think that consumers will get too unhappy about this if MPAA starts such a program. But the fact that currently they ask you money for the same movie each time you need it in a different format, is preposterous.