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Ethernet port on new Toshiba HD Players


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... anyone know what it's for?


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probably some sort of DRM,
online check for copied discs.
welcome to big brother they know what you'll be watching and when.


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It's to enforce region coding etc. If it detects the player has been modified it will lock it and render it basically useless.


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If it does these things, couldn't you merely disconnect it? I was hoping it might stream media from a home network? Or something else useful?


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it is a good question....but not everyone as a internet connection.

though maybe it could also be used for streaming.


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Hi all,

I have read that it’s for firmware updates and interactive features that might appear on the disc
If I find the article will post



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It's not such a dumb idea IMHO. Ethernet is very cheap to add these days. With a new format, especially one as complex as HD-DVD, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see some early compatibility problems just like we did for DVD, so a mechanism to upgrade the player via a PC could be quite handy.

Also, very few PCs will have HD-DVD drives for a while yet, so it theoretically provides a way to distribute PC-based content on HD-DVD discs with a way to actually get the data into a PC.

Wasn't one of the design objectives for AACS (the HD-DVD / blu-ray encryption system) to allow video to be streamed to other devices? Recognition, at least to some extent, that people demand more flexibility than 'one disc, one copy, one place'.


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I wouldn't be surprised to hear it's for license checking. Also, with the current range of DVD's interactive features requiring a PC and web access, some kind of access to online content to non pc owners is probably likely.

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