Posted by: Anonymous
on August 07, 2008 03:17 AM
Actually, I doubt the claim that Netflix chose Windows Media DRM because they bought a system from Microsoft; my guess is they chose it because it's the only system the content owners allow them to use. I work for a company that runs on-demand movie services. Everybody I've met on the retail side of this industry hates DRM and I'm sure Netflix doesn't like inflicting it on their customers. However, thus far, content owners, particularly larger ones, have been entirely unwilling to license their content to on-demand services that don't use DRM, and Windows Media is the only DRM implementation that is even slightly viable (yeah, it's broken, harmful technology. You don't have to convince me.)
I'm sure Netflix would like to support users on other platforms. I expect that the Moonlight project will ultimately bring Windows Media to Linux.