The Windows Vista team are going to stop supporting “old” DVD drives. By “old”, they mean the ones which have no hardware region checking and so can be made multi-region simply by applying software hacks. The main reason for this, apparently, is that they don’t have very many working drives like that any more.
Clearly, this has nothing to do with the entertainment industry trying to get more of a lock on world trade in DVDs. So, I call on everyone who’s got a pre-2000 machine sitting around with a DVD drive they don’t use to remove it, package it up and send it to The Windows Vista DVD Hardware Support Testing Department, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-6399, USA. I’m sure that, if we all did that, they’d keep supporting our hardware. Right? :-)