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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter three of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began putting their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter three of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began putting out their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.


Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter three of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began releasing their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter three of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began releasing putting their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.


Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter two of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began releasing their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{Paramount}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter two three of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began releasing their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.


Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter two of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began releasing DVDs in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD in December 1998.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/{{MGM}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter two of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. (Fox and Paramount began releasing DVDs their own DVD releases in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD in December 1998.the next month.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.


Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter four of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. ([=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD in December 1998.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter four two of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. ([=DreamWorks=] (Fox and Paramount began releasing DVDs in November 1998, while [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD in December 1998.) Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.


By the way, buying and attempting to play DIVX discs isn't recommended. While DIVX-equipped players will play standard [=DVDs=], the servers required to play DIVX discs were shut down decades ago, so even compatible systems will give you the message above. Furthermore, the [=DRM=] used on the discs have seemingly never been cracked, and all DIVX titles are available on other formats, effectively rendering the discs these days as coasters.

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By the way, buying and attempting to play DIVX discs in this age isn't recommended. While DIVX-equipped players will play standard [=DVDs=], the servers required to play DIVX discs were shut down decades ago, so even compatible systems will give you the message above. Furthermore, the [=DRM=] used on the discs have seemingly never been cracked, and all DIVX titles are easily available on other formats, effectively rendering making the discs these days only useful as coasters.


DIVX (short for Digital Video Express), not to be confused with the video codec called [=DivX=] (originally [[PunctuationShaker DivX ;-)]] - named after DIVX as a joke), is an obsolete video format launched in 1998 that existed briefly when [=DVDs=] were just being introduced. The format was launched and heavily promoted by the now defunct Circuit City store chain.

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DIVX (short for Digital Video Express), not to be confused with the video codec called [=DivX=] (originally [[PunctuationShaker DivX ;-)]] - named after DIVX as a joke), is an obsolete video format launched in 1998 that existed briefly when [=DVDs=] were just being introduced. The format was launched and heavily promoted by the now defunct Circuit City store chain.
chain (and by pure coincidence, all the other stores that carried it went belly up too.)

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By the way, buying and attempting to play DIVX discs isn't recommended. While DIVX-equipped players will play standard [=DVDs=], the servers required to play DIVX discs were shut down decades ago, so even compatible systems will give you the message above. Furthermore, the [=DRM=] used on the discs have seemingly never been cracked, and all DIVX titles are available on other formats, effectively rendering the discs these days as coasters.


Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. [=DreamWorks=], Disney, Fox, Paramount, and Universal supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter four of these studios started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. [=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD in December 1998. Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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Some of the major Hollywood studios had a significant connection to the launch of DIVX. Los Angeles law firm Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, developed the format, and Circuit City was the biggest backer of the format, selling discs and DIVX-capable players from the get-go. Several other electronics chains also supported the format, including The Good Guys and Canadian chain Future Shop. DIVX also had anti-piracy safeguards encoded to the discs, which DVD had yet to perfect. [=DreamWorks=], Disney, Fox, Paramount, Creator/{{DreamWorks}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/{{Paramount}}, and Universal Creator/{{Universal}} supported the format right away as their format of choice instead of DVD, though the latter four of these studios had already started releasing titles on DVD by the time DIVX was launched. [=DreamWorks=] ([=DreamWorks=] launched its titles on DVD in December 1998. Warner Bros. 1998.) Creator/WarnerBros and Sony Pictures Creator/SonyPictures were staunch supporters of DVD from the very beginning beginning, and were the only studios that refused to release titles on DIVX.

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->''"In retrospect, DIVX seemed like the ultimate short-sighted technology. I mean, Hollywood Video and a lot of the mom-and-pop stores were already carrying [=DVDs=] by the time DIVX finished its national rollout in late 1998, and of course, Blockbuster followed suit shortly thereafter."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/OddityArchive Ben Minnotte]]''', on why DIVX may have been doomed from the beginning


This format was similar to UsefulNotes/{{DVD}}, but required a special "DIVX-enhanced" DVD player. It incorporated a form of UsefulNotes/{{DRM}} which limited playing of a disc to 48 hours unless a special fee was paid to play the disc or second time or even "convert" the disc into an unlimited play disc. The Internet wasn't quite as big back then, so players had to connect to the company's servers over a phone line (much like how satellite TV boxes had to connect to phone lines to access pay-per-view and other functions). It was intended as an alternative to video rental, as the 48-hour viewing period began when the viewer pressed the Play button and the discs did not have to be returned to the store.

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This format was similar to UsefulNotes/{{DVD}}, but required a special "DIVX-enhanced" DVD player. It incorporated a form of UsefulNotes/{{DRM}} which limited playing of a disc to 48 hours unless a special fee was paid to play the disc or a second time or even "convert" the disc into an unlimited play disc. The Internet wasn't quite as big back then, so players had to connect to the company's servers over a phone line (much like how satellite TV boxes had to connect to phone lines to access pay-per-view and other functions). It was intended as an alternative to video rental, as the 48-hour viewing period began when the viewer pressed the Play button and the discs did not have to be returned to the store.


These days, the only thing DIVX is remembered for is a talking DIVX machine character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''; as Gabe used to work at a Circuit City.

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These days, the only thing DIVX is remembered for is a talking DIVX machine character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''; as Gabe used to work at a Circuit City.
City, as well as the video codec named for it. Both the character and the codec have lasted far longer than their namesake.


For more information on the DIVX format, WebVideo/OddityArchive [[https://youtu.be/V3KIqgLIrsE made a retrospective on the format and why it failed]]. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} also has [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIVX an article]] with some information.

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For more information on the DIVX format, WebVideo/OddityArchive [[https://youtu.be/V3KIqgLIrsE made a retrospective on the format and why it failed]]. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} also has [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIVX an article]] with some information.


[[caption-width-right:350:The only thing you can see these days if you attempt to use a Divx disc, even with a compatible player]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The only thing you can see these days if you attempt to use a Divx disc, even with a compatible player]]player.]]


For more information on the DIVX format, WebVideo/OddityArchive [[https://youtu.be/V3KIqgLIrsE made a retrospective on the format and why it failed]]

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For more information on the DIVX format, WebVideo/OddityArchive [[https://youtu.be/V3KIqgLIrsE made a retrospective on the format and why it failed]] failed]]. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} also has [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIVX an article]] with some information.

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