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July 30, 2010 // 10:59 pm - A few months back Sony updated their new Terms of Service to include "automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities" and with the recent PS3 Firmware 3.41 it appears Sony has added in Cinavia DRM Protection as an automatic PS3 download.

For those unaware, Cinavia DRM technology is an audio watermarking technology that takes aim at pirates, and those trying to playback movie downloads via their PlayStation 3 consoles, and is part of the content protection system included in Blu-ray Disc players.

According to the official site, the watermarking works by "comparing the source of the audio to the format in which a movie was released (ie theatrical or commercial disc), and if the watermarked audio source detects a difference, the movie will either be mute (but most likely not play at all)."

To quote on a temporary 'fix' from alexsaeed8 via YouTube:

Recently PS3 has come out with this new update that automatically downloads and installs this program called "Cinavia" which protects against piracy movies by analyzing the sound of the movie that is playing and compares that to the original version to see if it matches and based on that it will allow or doesn't allow the PS3 or BRDvd players to play the movie.

You will get 2 most common messages:

1: It will say it can't play the movie because of a copyright violation.

2: It will say the audio for this movie has been mute and it won't play any more sound, just the picture, it all depends.

So based on this information I have made a short video of how I have been watching movies on my ps3 and by passing the cinavia technology.

The only way I been able to watch movies is to speed it up by x1.5 or higher Cinavia can't pick up the sound at that speed, and it's not so bad once you get use to it.. at least for now until someone come out with another solution."

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#19 - spark32 - July 31, 2010 // 11:23 pm
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I have like 30 movies on my PS3. I have watched all of them since 3.10, and have never been stopped by it.

I also have every episode of How I Met Your Mother on my PS3. I'm on season 4, and haven't been stopped yet.

As long as cinavia doesn't update their database, I'll be fine.

#18 - jul644 - July 31, 2010 // 9:35 pm
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this has been since 3.10, the first widespread movie to be affected by this was an english Cam of Robin hood followed by the loser r5 rip with line audio its been in alot of movies lately.

#17 - freakracer - July 31, 2010 // 8:57 pm
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Crap this just happened to me while watchin the losers on blu ray. Isn't this illegal? I like to make legal backups of my movies so that I can take them on the road with me. I'm not payin extra for some sorry digital copy version that's lower than dvd quality. I like my action movies to have a bang. Now I can't even watch the Losers on my ps3 anymore without having to take the original with me. Kinda bull crap is this?

#16 - PSPSwampy - July 31, 2010 // 8:44 pm
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I'm on 3.10 and have been streaming videos (of all kinds) from my PC using PS3MediaServer for years - hardly ever have any problems - if i do, they're usually because they need transcoding (PC isn't up to the challenge) - never seen these error messages.

Maybe it's because it's being streamed? Does this DRM only apply to files played directly on the PS3? or just to burned disks or something?

If i started getting errors like this, i'd have to resort to just playing games on my PS3! (I hardly ever use it for that at the moment, although i do have a good collection gathering dust!!)

All those broken promises from sony...

p.s. Was actually tempted to update to 3.41 the other day, same day as the HDD bug news was posted - gee i'm glad i didn't loose Linux and my PS3!

#15 - 51N15T3R - July 31, 2010 // 8:40 pm
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Yes I can confirm this DRM has been around before 3.41. The first movie that I saw that took advantage of it was "The Losers". And I tried skipping ahead and it didn't work. The movie plays fine on any DVD player, or possibly any older Blu-ray player (that has not had it's firmware updated), and in your PC it plays fine. Some people say you need to strip the audio from the video and re-mux it to get rid of it, just use a cheap old DVD player and you'll be good

Oh and it has nothing to do with being connected to the internet or not, the protection is embedded in the audio stream.

#14 - BALLISTIKAL - July 31, 2010 // 8:22 pm
Well there are probably two ways of being able to play your movies freely. First off, this "Cinavia" program must connect to the internet in some way to check the file and its audio.

So you can do one of two things, rename the movie into random gibberish so the program can't find anything online, or play the file after disconnecting your PS3 from the Internet.

Or you can just play the audio on your computer with max volume and watch the video on your LCD tv

#13 - nibbler - July 31, 2010 // 6:55 pm
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I had this error once, was annoying lol

#12 - semitope - July 31, 2010 // 2:57 pm
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I would expect this also only works if you are connected to the net. Doubt they'd have the info ready on the ps3 to test against.

On the topic.. this is just unacceptable. Sony's obsession with DRM and piracy will bite them later. I already gave my PS3 away (to someone who would have bought one anyway - can you say lost sale?) and I suspect many ppl will just get fed up with the system and how even more closed it might become.

#11 - red8316 - July 31, 2010 // 1:01 pm
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This is awful, just more of what you can't do with a system you own. I stream video via Tversity and haven't had any issues related to this.

Does this apply to 1:1 movie rips on disc? I wouldn't imaging it would be able to detect rip>re-encodes as they would have a different file size and bit rates.

I'll try a 1:1 rip later today and see if I get any issues vs re-encode burned to disc.

#10 - gtxboyracer - July 31, 2010 // 12:52 pm
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I noticed this on a downloaded DVDRip movie i played a few weeks ago - on 3.40, and isn't new.. :-(