Mayhem at the movies

Here we go again! “What makes it possible is a platform called DivX;), which enables a 90-minute DVD movie to be compressed to about a tenth or less of its original size with little discernible loss of quality. The file can then be distributed with relative ease over the Internet, usually played back using Microsoft’s Windows Media Player (WMP). The smiley face ;) in the name satirises a failed DVD-esque technology, similarly called DivX, which claimed superior copy protection but was killed off as “open” DVD overtook in popularity.”