i work at a rental store, and i have no knowledge about enhanced protection on rental discs. there’s nothing different about rental dvds and retail dvds (at least not in my store) in fact, before our distribution center decided to give us a hand, we used to have to make barcodes and labels for the normal retail copies to convert them to rental. The movies come to us from the studio just like you’d buy them in a store except they ship them before they undergo shrinkwrapping.
many independent rental stores actually opt to buy some discs after the release date in bulk from local retailers so they can gauge the demand at their store without having to overstock up front and lose money.
if there are documented articles about this, i’d be interested in seeing them. I’m googling at the moment and not really finding anything that confirms that rentals have more protection than retail copies.
Yes you are correct in your store and in your country there might not be any difference in rental and retail DVD. But CD Freaks have members from 120 different countries and each country has its own Distribution of DVDâ€™s and I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if the DVDâ€™s in some countries are made in a different plant and could have some type of extra or different protection on the DVD
i wasn’t trying to sound like a know it all or say he was wrong. I’m genuinely interested to read about something like that regardless of what country its from since I’ve never heard of it outside of this forum, and this isn’t the first time I’ve seen someone comment about a difficult disc and someone else say “oh, it must be extra copy protection.”
i tried googling, but to no avail. do you know where I can find more info on the topic?