Consumer frustration.

Maybe it’s just me, but I am frustrated by movies on DVD. It seems that the makers of the DVDs have a lot more control over my viewing experience than I do. Lately when I insert a DVD and attempt to play it I am directed to coming attractions. In some cases I can’t even fast forward through them, and must skip chapters instead. When I hit the Menu button I am forced to endure a sequence from the movie before the actual menu appears.

DVDs represent an additional revenue stream for movie companies. I have purchased the DVD. When does the movie company believe that they should control my viewing experience? Is it strange of me to expect that when I give the player a command, it should do it, as opposed to letting someone else dictate what I can do?

I also find it odd that I cannot fast forward though the “piracy is illegal ” message at the beginning of the DVD. I’m no planning on pirating the movie, so it is superfluous. And if I was planning on copying the movie, why would I care?

Perhaps the movie companies might give a thought as to what the consumer actually wants.