Hollywood studios have approved a new technology and licensing arrangement that should remove a major obstacle consumers now face with burning movies they buy digitally over the internet onto a DVD that will play everywhere. The deal could make it easier for educators to buy movies online and then show them in their classrooms.

Sonic Solutions Inc. on Jan. 4 introduced the Qflix system for adding a standard digital lock to DVDs burned in a computer or a retail kiosk.

The lock, known as "content scrambling system," or CSS, is backed by the studios, TV networks, and other content creators and comes


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