Vista and Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Peter, Aug 13, 2008.

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    Peter Guest

    Hi. Sorry if this has been raised before, but I only just got a new Notebook
    with Vista Home Premium on board, so after years of familiarity with XP, I'm
    now struggling to come to grips with the slightly different feel of the new

    The question I have concerns playing a Blu-ray disc on the Notebook. It uses
    an enhanced version of WinDVD to play HD discs, and there is no problem
    watching on the Notebook's own screen. However, it comes with both SVHS and
    HDMI ports/sockets, and it seemed reasonable to try playing back the Blu-ray
    movie I had borrowed (as I haven't seen one before) on the main TV, 40-inch
    screen and all that.

    But the minute I plugged in the HDMI cable the movie stopped playing and
    there was a brief note about the 'environment' being 'protected'. Obviously,
    it makes no sense at all to be unable to play a DVD whether SD or HD through
    the appropriate ports, so I had a little trawl round the internet today and
    discovered that the problem might lie with Vista itself.

    Can anyone here shed any light on this for me, please.

    Peter, Aug 13, 2008
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    peter Guest

    peter, Aug 13, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Peter - thank you for the link.

    I'm still wondering why it's okay for a Blu-ray disc player to output a
    movie in HD via its HDMI port to a similarly-equipped television (and, I
    gather from my son, the same goes for PlayStations), but a computer equipped
    with a Blu-ray disc player and appropriate s/w, with the Vista OS, can't.

    It seems illogical to me.

    I wonder if people running Macs have the same problem - in other words, is
    it an illogicality in the OS philosophy, or perhaps even in the laws or
    agreements governing this aspect of OS functionality, or is it a shortcoming
    of the hardware [computer] manufacturer for not ensuring that an
    HDCP-crippled system will funtion in the way one might reasonably expect?

    Seems to me (getting rather off topic, I'm afraid) that rather than worry
    about copy protection, copying being a fact of life for certain people,
    every movie supplied on portable media, such as DVD discs, should have a
    Pay-per-view function, which requires the input of a randomly-changing PIN
    or code before allowing a sesion to open. That way, the original discs could
    be almost given away, and the more copies, the merrier - until, of course,
    somebody works out how to crack the system ;-)

    Peter, Aug 13, 2008
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    Paul Smith Guest

    It's down to the software you're using - for whatever reason. It's deciding
    not to send the content over. It seems all the big software companies have
    gone overboard on locking things down as much as possible, there's no
    technical reason why they're doing this, and certainly Windows plays no part
    in making the decision.

    You could use something like AnyDVD HD which would strip the protection off
    the disc before the player will see it. I use it to play back HD DVD and
    Blu-ray when using PowerDVD, which wants me to have an HDCP monitor.
    No they don't. They have whole new problems, like HD DVD and Blu-ray discs
    not playing at all.

    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.

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    Paul Smith, Aug 14, 2008
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