yep, RealMedia still sucks
i haven't had a real media player on any of my machines for years. it was always pretty much a virus in my opinion - you couldn't get rid of it if you tried, and it infected all parts of your machine.
for some stupid reason, i thought i would try it again for the ease of downloading movies and being able to watch them offline using their Starz and RealMovies service. It's gotta be easier than BitTorrent, right?
what was i thinking?
first of all, installation was a nightmare. when you logged into starz, it actually triggered a login into real player, which i had yet to install. second, when i did then install the player, it of course required a reboot. oh yeah, it also requires internet explorer, which i never really use, except for special occaisions like this.
okay great, it's a trial, but you have to take my credit card. i get that.
let's try to download a movie. connecting to Real network....
"Sorry the service is unavailable"
read the FAQ. oh, of course, i have to log out and then log in again.
let's try downloading a movie. sure, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. oh, right, you have to check if i'm 18 or 21 or something because this is unrated. ok fine. how do they do that? you have to have me enter in a valid credit card again! you just took my credit card! I did it anyway... "Sorry, this service is unavailable right now"
RealMedia - you suck ballz. you always have, and you always will.
back to BitTorrent.