Will Windows Vista 32 bit have Blu-Ray/HDDVD support?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Dan, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    I was wondering if the 32 bit version of Vista will have this support.
    If Microsoft does not provide this support then will it be supported via
    third party. Thanks in advance for your comments.
     
    Dan, Sep 1, 2006
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    Paul Smith Guest

    In a word, yes it will be supported... But...

    The key issue is the copy-protection systems on the discs themselves. They
    can check the system to see if it has signed drivers. As 64-bit requires
    having signed drivers that platform may only be able to play the most secure
    films. This prevents a driver from intercepting the data and by-passing the
    copy protection.

    Ultimately it depends how hardcore the movie studios on enforcing their
    "digital rights", from what I've read on other parts of the protection
    they're not planning on rolling some aspects of it out, like HDCP until
    2010.

    Overall Blu-ray is harder on copy-protection and looks to be the most
    restrictive as this point, with Microsoft and Intel backing HD DVD that
    format looks to be the most PC-friendly going forward.

    --
    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
    http://www.windowsresource.net/

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    Paul Smith, Sep 1, 2006
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  3. Nope the 64 bit edition might
     
    Will Schuitman, Sep 1, 2006
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  4. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Thanks for your comments, Paul. I appreciate it.
     
    Dan, Sep 1, 2006
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  5. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Okay, now I am confused because you and Paul have two different answers.
     
    Dan, Sep 1, 2006
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    bob Guest

    You can run Blu-ray in XP now; however you can only use it to write data.
    Even after someone produces the software to view it on your computer both
    your video card and your display must support HDCP. Only a couple of cards do
    now and I don't know of any displays that do.

    bob
     
    bob, Sep 1, 2006
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    MICHAEL Guest

    Paul is correct.


    -Michael
     
    MICHAEL, Sep 1, 2006
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  8. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Thanks Michael
     
    Dan, Sep 1, 2006
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  9. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Thanks bob!
     
    Dan, Sep 1, 2006
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    Beck Guest

    Plus MS will ensure HD DVD works fine because of the xbox 360 drive add on.
    With all this media centre/networking to 360 business, I am sure they will
    put a little bit more effort into implementing the HD-DVD than the blu-ray
     
    Beck, Sep 1, 2006
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  11. Dan

    Dan Guest

    That makes a lot of sense since it is the standard that Microsoft has
    decided to follow. I guess the question will be which standard (HD-DVD
    or Blu-Ray will become the standard -- seems kinda like VHS vs. Beta)
     
    Dan, Sep 1, 2006
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    Paul Smith Guest

    I've blogged a bit about it, the edge is with HD DVD at the moment; with
    quality, sales and price, we'll have to wait and see how the PS3 will effect
    things.

    http://blogs.dasmirnov.net/paul/2006/08/11/hd_dvd_wins_the_quality_wars
    http://blogs.dasmirnov.net/paul/2006/08/09/hd_dvd_continues_to_pull_away
    http://blogs.dasmirnov.net/paul/2006/07/20/hd_dvd_racing_ahead

    --
    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
    http://www.windowsresource.net/

    *Remove 'nospam.' to reply by e-mail*
     
    Paul Smith, Sep 1, 2006
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    John Guest

    As already mentioned blu-ray is very DRM heavy, and currently its only Sony
    studios releasing blu-ray discs. The players, and discs are more expensive,
    along with you cannot pass-through a blu-ray player through a a/v receiver
    either so it must be directly connected to a television with proper inputs,
    at least last time I checked as they don't want for you to be able to
    intercept the data somewhere else to record it.

    In the end HD-DVD has less space per disk, but with how annoying Sony has
    been with DRM with their so-called rights which even prevent a legal backup,
    they will bankrupt this format.

    That makes a lot of sense since it is the standard that Microsoft has
    decided to follow. I guess the question will be which standard (HD-DVD
    or Blu-Ray will become the standard -- seems kinda like VHS vs. Beta)
     
    John, Sep 1, 2006
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  14. Dan

    Dan Guest

    Good point! Also, what about Sony and their music -- wasn't their some
    kind of controversy that some music cd's had spyware or something else
    that was bad that installed itself to computers. Can you fill me in on
    this and despite the potential of PS3 -- I wonder about the Blu-Ray
    format as well.
     
    Dan, Sep 2, 2006
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