DivX version 5.0 released. Faster, smaller, and more compatible, but curiously, in Standard (free) and 'Pro' versions - only $30 mind you.. Unless you want the ad-supported version.. Still, the standard version is quite snazzy.
DivX + filenavigator = headaches for MPAA. Of course the SPA and RIAA can't be too pleased about filenavigator either. I've checked and the DivX of Castaway is on the net already.
A new era in movie piracy. These guys managed to hack Microsoft's MPEG 4 codec, and have provided a means of ripping DVD movies to this new format (check the readme file). The little program they have on their site will "update" your Windows Media Player to be able to play the new divx format. The compression is comparable to current .avi and .mpg formats, but the image quality is near-DVD. Wow. I just watched "Disturbing Behaviour" in this new format and I must say I'm very impressed. No ugly chunky blocks like with MPEG. I dunno if I'd ever pay to see movies in the theatre again. Heh, sure sounds familiar eh? (*cough* MP3 *cough*) Looks like there might be some big new players joining the RIAA real soon. :)
Did you know about FightDIVX.com's coupons? DIVX finally met its death, but the protest site has continued to be updated. One part of it is a great list of coupon deals at various commerce sites. With a $10 off coupon, I just bought a new $15 CD from Barnes&Noble for $8, including Next Day Air shipping. Woo hoo!