DVD-streaming service Zediva hits pause following court’s ruling
By Lex Friedman, MacworldAUG 11, 2011 12:45 am PDT
Macworld first reviewed Zediva, we cheered its innovative approach—streaming actual DVDs via DVD players that the viewer controls—but worried about how the movie studios would react to Zediva’s clever but controversial take on the law. Unsurprisingly, the answer was “not well”: On Thursday, the company informed subscribers that the service will now take an unplanned, court-mandated hiatus.
We are suspending Zediva’s operations to comply with an order by the United States District Court for the Central District of California. While we hope to be back online soon, we don’t know when (or whether) that will happen. We are disappointed by this turn of events, and that we are not permitted to serve you.
We are quite aware that some of you have unused credits with us and appreciate your patience as we figure out our next steps. Stay tuned for more information via email.
That last line addresses customers who forked over cash to Zediva, and haven’t yet watched all the movies they paid for. Zediva may be torn between the obvious appeal of refunding disgruntled customers and the strong desire to keep some of that precious coin while it plots its next legal maneuver.