Browser Woes

Random Culture points out that MTV has love for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Much to my surprise, when I tried to visit the MTV Overdrive section of the site, I received an error that said, “PC users with Netscape, Mozilla or Firefox: you need to run Internet Explorer to use MTV Overdrive.”
The biggest problem I have with this is that MTV is supposed to be on the cutting edge of culture, right? And this is something I would expect from a company who has no idea of what’s happening online.

I’m a Mac user. Here’s the error message I just received:

Detecting OS…
In order to offer a broad selection of full-length music videos on-demand and free of charge, MTV Overdrive uses Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) to protect videos from unauthorized re-distribution.
Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Windows Media Player Plug-in for Macintosh does not support Windows DRM. If DRM support becomes available for Macintosh, MTV will develop a version of MTV Overdrive that works on a Mac.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.