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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rental Revolution

LONDON -- A new digital video disc that self-destructs after two days could put an end to the trek back to the video store to return a rented film, New Scientist has reported.

Specially-designed video machines will time the high-tech discs as soon as they start to play and the film comes on. Once they reach the two-day limit, the disc automatically refuses to play and can be thrown away.

The U.S.-based Digital Video Express consortium wants to replace existing video tapes with the limited-life discs, the weekly magazine said Thursday.

The new two-day discs will cost less than ?3 ($5) -- almost five times less than the digital video discs that already exist.