This is pretty interesting. Engadget posted a story today on a new type of digital rights management (DRM) being developed by Disney and Apple. Apparently, they’re working on a system that stores information from your media purchases in a repository that will provide you with instant access on a number of formats (they provide examples like on-demand cable and mobile phones). This system, called Keychest, will also work with Blu-Ray disc purchases since most Blu-Ray players can be connected to the Internet. Disney is expected to talk more about Keychest next month.
While I’m going to reserve judgment about Keychest until I hear more about it, this idea has some merit. I’m not a fan of DRM, but this sounds like a good way to approach purchasing content. Instead of paying money for a disc or a download, you could instead pay for the movie itself and have access to it on any format you want. This is what we should have done a long time ago, so we’ll have to see how this all plays out.