DivX isn't just a powerful video converter, but a stylish universal video player as well. It can convert and play just about any video file you want and.
Contents • • • • • • • • • Format [ ] DIVX was a rental format variation on the player in which a customer would buy a DIVX disc (similar to a DVD) for approximately US$4.50, which was watchable for up to 48 hours from its initial viewing. After this period, the disc could be viewed by paying a continuation fee to play it for two more days. Viewers who wanted to watch a disc an unlimited number of times could convert the disc to a 'DIVX silver' disc for an additional fee. 'DIVX gold' discs that could be played an unlimited number of times on any DIVX player were announced at the time of DIVX's introduction, but no DIVX gold titles were ever released. Each DIVX disc was marked with a unique barcode in the that could be read by the player, and used to track the discs. The status of the discs was monitored through an account over a phone line. DIVX player owners had to set up an account with DIVX to which additional viewing fees could be charged.
The player would call an account server over the phone line to charge for viewing fees similar to the way and systems handle. In addition to the normal (CSS) encryption, DIVX discs used encryption and an alternative channel modulation coding scheme, which prevented them from being read in standard DVD players. DIVX players manufactured by, Thomson Consumer Electronics ( and ), and started to become available in mid-1998. Because of widespread studio support, manufacturers anticipated that demand for the units would be high. Initially, the players were approximately twice as expensive as standard DVD players, but price reductions occurred within months of release, due to.