Microsoft Now Supporting ALL DVDR Formats

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  1. Rasczak

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    It appears Microsoft is now going to support all DVDR formats. As part of the DVD+RW alliance they are now adding support for both of the other formats (-RAM and -RW).

    http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.asp?RelatedID=3716

    (If you don't read the link today - Friday - you'll have to search for it on the site)

    Good news in my opinion. It was wrong that a company in Microsofts position should try and influence the market in such a way.
     
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    I think the reason why this happened is this press release about Highmat. Highmat format is co-developed and supported by Microsoft Corporation and Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic) and a standard for the Playback of multiple formats on one disc MP3/WMA/JPEG.

    The new Panasonic DVD Players S35/F65/S75 & Home Cinema Systems SC-DT310/SC-HT900/SC-DP1 all support the Highmat format.
     
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    Indeed - Highmat is essentially the start of the Home Network - and a very good thing for Home Cinema in my opinion. Convergence between PC and Home Cinema gets every closer...
     
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    Hi

    To be fair to Microsoft they never said they were not going to support other DVD formats. It was a press release that they would include Mt Rainier support for CD-RW and +RW that got the +RW propoganda machine going, telling everyone that you had to buy +RW as it was the only format supported by Microsoft, and it became an urban myth.

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    Yes agreed - but the DVD+Alliance have been saying Microsoft's name very loudly and - to be fair - a company that large and well known does carry a bit of weight. You only need to goto the official DVD Alliance site to see 'Microsoft' in big letters. So IMHO it's good news they are supporting all the features of all formats.

    The fact it has taken two months for them to publically announce it though could have been greatly improved upon. Microsoft should never have allowed itself to get 'dragged' into one camp.
     
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    Agreed. However Microsoft does have an interest in +RW, they are now on the board of the RW Alliance and are part owners of the Mt Rainier patents. Personally I believe Microsofts interest in +RW is for their future digital rights management initiatives both for media and software protection. They have already attempted to get interest in a new DVD Format that only plays on Windows Media Player, which would then tie in nicely with pay-per-view and watch-once etc all controlled by a PC connected to the Internet, with their digital rights management allowing or disallowing access. Being in a controlling position of the RW Alliance gives them opportunity to "adjust" the hardware to include new forms of encryption etc to prevent copying at a low level. They would not be allowed this much control over official DVD Formats. (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/drm.aspx).

    Of course Microsoft needs to sell any new Operating System by supporting as much hardware as it can, hence the announcement that it will support UDF on all DVD Formats, something I said many months ago would happen when arguing with +RW fanboy’s elsewhere over what they thought were Microsofts endorsement of +RW over and above anything else!

    Regards

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