175w ago - A few months back Sony updated their new Terms of Service to include "automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities" and with the recent PS3 Firmware 3.41 it appears Sony has added in Cinavia DRM Protection as an automatic PS3 download.
For those unaware, Cinavia DRM technology is an audio watermarking technology that takes aim at pirates, and those trying to playback movie downloads via their PlayStation 3 consoles, and is part of the content protection system included in Blu-ray Disc players.
According to the official site, the watermarking works by "comparing the source of the audio to the format in which a movie was released (ie theatrical or commercial disc), and if the watermarked audio source detects a difference, the movie will either be mute (but most likely not play at all)."
To quote on a temporary 'fix' from alexsaeed8 via YouTube:
Recently PS3 has come out with this new update that automatically downloads and installs this program called "Cinavia" which protects against piracy movies by analyzing the sound of the movie that is playing and compares that to the original version to see if it matches and based on that it will allow or doesn't allow the PS3 or BRDvd players to play the movie.
You will get 2 most common messages:
1: It will say it can't play the movie because of a copyright violation.
2: It will say the audio for this movie has been mute and it won't play any more sound, just the picture, it all depends.
So based on this information I have made a short video of how I have been watching movies on my ps3 and by passing the cinavia technology.
The only way I been able to watch movies is to speed it up by x1.5 or higher Cinavia can't pick up the sound at that speed, and it's not so bad once you get use to it.. at least for now until someone come out with another solution."
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Crap this just happened to me while watchin the losers on blu ray. Isn't this illegal? I like to make legal backups of my movies so that I can take them on the road with me. I'm not payin extra for some sorry digital copy version that's lower than dvd quality. I like my action movies to have a bang. Now I can't even watch the Losers on my ps3 anymore without having to take the original with me. Kinda bull crap is this?
I'm on 3.10 and have been streaming videos (of all kinds) from my PC using PS3MediaServer for years - hardly ever have any problems - if i do, they're usually because they need transcoding (PC isn't up to the challenge) - never seen these error messages.
Maybe it's because it's being streamed? Does this DRM only apply to files played directly on the PS3? or just to burned disks or something?
If i started getting errors like this, i'd have to resort to just playing games on my PS3! (I hardly ever use it for that at the moment, although i do have a good collection gathering dust!!)
All those broken promises from sony...
p.s. Was actually tempted to update to 3.41 the other day, same day as the HDD bug news was posted - gee i'm glad i didn't loose Linux and my PS3!
Yes I can confirm this DRM has been around before 3.41. The first movie that I saw that took advantage of it was "The Losers". And I tried skipping ahead and it didn't work. The movie plays fine on any DVD player, or possibly any older Blu-ray player (that has not had it's firmware updated), and in your PC it plays fine. Some people say you need to strip the audio from the video and re-mux it to get rid of it, just use a cheap old DVD player and you'll be good
Oh and it has nothing to do with being connected to the internet or not, the protection is embedded in the audio stream.