Planned obsolescence – An excellent documentary

The German-French TV channel ARTE recently broadcasted an excellent documentary about the concept of planned obsolescence, its historical roots, the Phoebus cartel (i.e., how incumbents designed a monopoly to set an upper limit on the life cycle of bulbs), Apple’s case of non-removable batteries, but also modern approaches to it (i.e., building a timer into ink-jet printers that records the number of printed pages and gives a failure message after a certain limit). Unbelievable, but apparently true. Watch yourself here (in German, sorry).