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21. Apr 2006

Blu-ray and HD-DVD suck


Som du sikkert har hørt, har bl.a. Sony og Microsoft et kapløb i gang om to konkurrerende standarder for digitale film i High Definition, hhv. Blu-Ray og HD-DVD.

Den dårlige nyhed er, at uanset hvem af dem, der vinder, vil det blive på nogle vilkår hvad angår kopibeskyttelse, patenter og licenser, som sikrer, at du som forbruger bliver snydt, så vandet driver.

Som vi læser på Blu-RaySucks.com:
  • If your HDTV does not have an HDMI port, or an HDCP-compliant DVI port, you won't be able to watch HD movies in high definition. Bad news for the 3 million people in the US who don't have digital HDTV's and will only be able to connect over analog (component) cables - your movies will be downsampled to 1/4 their resolution, making them essentially the same as a standard DVD. The studios are understandably scared of an open, high quality, digital video interface, so they are insisting that your TV supports digital encryption to fully enjoy its new movies. This helps them to sleep better at night, but realistically only the honest people will be inconvenienced. Someone will likely figure out a way around it, given enough time. Some studios have said they won't enable this restriction for their initial movie launches, but remember they can enable it at any time in the future.

  • On a similar note, you will also have problems playing these movies on your computer with an internal Blu-ray or HD-DVD drive. If you don't upgrade to an HDCP compliant video card and monitor, you're screwed. An HDCP compatible video card is different than a compliant one, and will not work.

  • AACS means that Blu-ray and HD-DVD will never be compatible with free software, affecting nearly everyone that wants to view these movies on their computer but isn't running Windows or Mac OS X. While this is a minority of computer users, they should not be ignored. Some might say history is doomed to repeat itself.

  • Mandatory Managed Copy (MMC) theoretically allows things such as making legal backups and streaming content from one part of your house to another, but the studios have the option of charging you money to do that. The first batch of HD players won't even support MMC. As well, all aspects of MMC will require your player to be connected to the internet, which isn't inherently bad, but is certainly open for abuse. Besides, what if you don't have an available internet connection close to your home theater? What if you don't have broadband? Answer: Too bad. More details re: MMC can be had in this insightful interview with an HD-DVD rep.

  • It's amazing that MMC even exists, considering this. Choice quote: "Even if CDs do become damaged, replacements are readily available at affordable prices". Translation: please purchase another copy of content you have already paid for, thank you.

  • The MPAA and RIAA think that DRM is more important than human life. Wow.

  • "Hacking" your player, for example to remove the region coding, or playing a bootlegged disc, may lead your player to self destruct. (Only applies to Blu-ray and BD+ from what I can gather).

  • More about internet connections: the MPAA originally wanted that to be a requirement just to play these movies. They have since changed their mind.

  • They also originally considered having each disc being playable by only one player, meaning that if you played a new movie in your player, your friend couldn't watch the same disc in his player. Again they changed their mind, but that it was even considered is pretty shocking.
Så - boycot Blu-ray og HD-DVD! Vi har brug for en videoteknologi, der sikrer os retten til selv at disponere over de film, vi har købt - herunder retten til at lave sikkerhedskopier, til at kopiere dem over på vores harddisk, og til at afspille dem på præcis den afspiller og i det medie og format, vi selv vælger.