Massive DRM Fail Kills Avatar 3D Screening

Even movie theaters have to deal with the onus of DRM—3D versions of Avatar have a complex system "which involves several certificates and server-delivered time-sensitive keys for hard drives and projectors" that completely blew up at some screenings.

Several theaters in Germany received 3D versions of Avatar with borked encryption for preview screenings. After trying for several hours to get the 150GB of blue kitties and Sam Worthington scowling in 3D decrypted so they could play it, at least one theater gave up and went 2D.

I think I would've walked out, since I like, have to see it in 3D now. (And if it doesn't change everything, I'm going to hot-glue 3D glasses to Mark's head.) [Heise.de via TorrentFreak]