Remember DVD-Video, those region-locked discs that people used to buy in the dark ages before iTunes, Netflix and The Pirate Bay? They were a great way for Hollywood to control the flow of its wares -- making it possible, for example, to release a movie on DVD in North America while that same movie was still playing in European cinemas. Because a DVD made for the Americas could only play in a North American player, the risk of that disc finding its way to Europe and cannibalizing movie ticket sales was little to none.
That was the theory, anyway. What Hollywood failed to realize was that (1) DVDs could be ripped, and (2) some good-guy manufacturers could -- and did
-- release DVD players with a secret code on the remote that would disable any region-coding, forever.
So here we are, at the start of the worldwide roll-out of the hotly-anticipated Galaxy Note 3
. And Samsung, it seems, has gone Hollywood on us.