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Humans, Chess and DVDs

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This week 8 years ago, the humans lost the chess battle to Deep Blue. I netflixed “Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine” a great documentary on Kasparov’s Chess match with IBM (he lost, but they’ve yet to rematch) but noticed Netflix branded the DVD as well as watermarking the menu system. Is this a new way netflix will cut down on the “Netflix project” – an effort to copy of 25k DVDs. Or is Netflix Longtailing DVDs becomming a distributer for independent films? Photos of the DVD and menu here. IBM, how about open sourcing Deep Blue, it’s been 8 years. We’d love to do a DIY chess supercomputer for MAKE.

0 thoughts on “Humans, Chess and DVDs

  1. I would think that Netflix would start distributing movies just as Hollywood and Blockbuster Video have.

  2. I would think that Netflix would start distributing movies just as Hollywood and Blockbuster Video have.

  3. I would think that Netflix would start distributing movies just as Hollywood and Blockbuster Video have.

  4. They’re not so much distributing as they bought themselves an exclusive window. If you follow that Amazon link, you’ll see the DVD doesn’t really come out until the 31st of this month. I work at an independent video store and that’s when we’re getting it, too. Netflix has done this before, mainly with documentary type stuff. Their customer base skews far more towards “niche” titles and away from new theatrical titles than any brick and mortar retailer.

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