Blu-ray Drive, DRM, HDMI Requirements

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Robert Robinson, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Blu-ray drives are now available for a fairly reasonable cost. The most
    interesting drive is perhaps the LG GGW-H10N which can read both DVD HD
    and Blu-ray media in addition to the older DVD and CD-ROM formats.
    One catch, which is believed to apply to all the HD and Blu-ray drives,
    is the requirement to have a video adapter and a connected display that
    are both HDMI compliant if one is to play DRM protected media.
    Any experience with this PC based high definition technology, especially
    in regard to the video adapter and display HDMI requirements ?
    Robert Robinson, Feb 18, 2007
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    Saran Guest

    Yeah its all a load of crap... the media companies + Microsoft pushing
    the DRM... the artificial requirements to play media you've bought...
    it's like treating the people who actually pay for the goods liek they
    are the criminals, forcing us to jump through all the hoops while
    patting our heards and rubbing our stomachs... while at the same time
    anyone with a properly configured bit-torrent client can download HD
    rips and play them on any divx compatible player, no special hard ware
    or DRM infested software needed, and quality that looks great... no HDCP
    (HDMI interface at all) required.

    With all that, I find it hard to blame the average downloader of such
    rips, illegal or not. If you bought an HLTV more than 2 years ago it
    wont support HDCP most likely and you wont be abel to use set top
    players or output from your computer in HD quality using
    HD-DVD/Bluray... How the hell is this fair, someone please tell me.

    who is more in the wrong, those download HD rips or the companies that
    screw their customers?
    Saran, Feb 18, 2007
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    fj Guest

    A bit off topic - but, Blu-ray drives are at a fairly reasonable cost?
    Reasonable is in the eye of the beholder - for me, less than $50 would be
    fj, Feb 18, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    You could always buy the movie and download the rip.

    Dale, Feb 19, 2007
  5. Robert Robinson

    Wayne M. Poe Guest

    While that is true... is it really worth it to purchase something you
    cannot use fully (if you have an HD TV wthout HDCP and such), to spend
    money on something you wont actually watch, but instead of shelve it and
    go download the same...

    Honestly, I'd have no trouble embracing HD optical formats and such if
    the media industries would just play fair and quit trampling all over
    Fair-Use rights, and in the case of HDCP and HD monitors that do not
    support it... completely screwing people.

    While one could do as you suggest, I still find it hard to give me money
    to those who want to rip me off.
    Wayne M. Poe, Feb 19, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Me too. I refuse to by any DRM music but there is no legal way to buy
    non-DRM movies. While I could care less about buying movies anyway, the
    kids and grandkids like them so I do buy them.

    I heard that one of the new HD-DVD formats will let you make up to 6 copies
    to a hard drive. At least that will let you play those DVDs from your HTPC
    to appropriate hardware for up to the lifespan of 6 HTPCs.
    Dale, Feb 19, 2007
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