I paid for the movie and had to install something called the DivxPro ad supported viewer from DivX dot com.
I am unsure why (or if) I was allowed to "save it to the hard drive" which brings me to this copy protection issue:
I was able to save a very large Video file to my hard drive. Essentially I would say this was almost the complete movie.
However when I clicked on it to view it, the DivX player came up connected to the remote movie server, and said "not authorized" or something along those lines -- -
The strange thing was that I was able to view the movie just fine the first time (while it was streaming.) Then a couple days later, I double click on this huge video file and the DviX player launches and says "not authorized."
When I finally got a reply back from the movie service provider (I had asked about understanding what the file was that was on my hard drive) I was told that it was almost the "complete" movie - - HOWEVER, a small portion of the movie remained on the server side - and does not ever get downloaded on to my hard drive. He want on to say that this small portion of the file was needed to view the movie, even though most all of the video file was downloaded to my hard drive and saved.
Essentially I was left with the impression that there was something "copy protection" oriented about the setup - - almost like the large file on my hard drive needed to be "unlocked" by the smaller file that was available on the server side. Some sort of verification or decoding process must have been involved (IMO) because I was never able to get it to play again after the first night. At this point I am not even sure if it was intended for a single viewing (one time) viewing or if I was meant to be able to keep it for later viewing - - however, It must have been the former because the file on my hard drive will not play the video anymore-- Again the DivX ad supported player will open up, and then it checks the movie servers, and returns an "not authorized" message.
I wanted to find out a little more about how this works, and if anyone has heard of this type of movie service - where you never actually get to "keep" the movie but rather are paying for a single viewing or a single days use? Also do they use an encryption type setup with DivX for online streaming video, and is it essentially unviewable without a code? (in other words, should I just toss out this huge movie file and delete it or is there a way to work around the "not authorized" message that comes up on the DivX player screen when I double click on the video file? I haven't found another player which will play the DivX format that this DivX ad supported player is using. I don't know if it's a special codec or what, but I haven't been able to view or bring the video up in any other program (I have the Quicktime and Windows Media Viewer which can view movies as well.)
BTW- the movie was an exceptionally "high quality" view -- in other words this wasn't your "real media" garbage stream.
The video file itself (on my hard drive) is essentially about 6-700 MB in size.
Thank you - hope this helps clarify a bit more -