Something for the weekend

DVDs capable of self-destructing at the end of their rental period so customers do not have to return them are to be issued this August by Disney.

Two days after a DVD is taken out of its package exposure to oxygen causes a coating on it to turn from red to black, preventing a laser from reading it and making the disc unplayable.

Disney hopes the pilot scheme will allow the firm access to a wider rental market as shops will not need to devise a return system.

The technology was developed by Flexplay Technologies who worked closely with GE Plastics to develop a patented LEXAN resin co-polymer essential to the self-destructing DVD concept.