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What the future holds....

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by paulfoley, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. paulfoley

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    Just read about this on a US Website:

    A spokesman for Toshiba made an announcement at a recent trade show that their next generation format (called HD-DVD for those that dont know), will feature SPDC. So what is it then? OK its complicated but is basically a watermarking process that could virtually end piracy overnight.

    In essence this is how it will work - Your new £500 player will have an individual ID embedded in the chipset. When you playback a film the player encodes a hidden signal into the image so that if it was copied i.e. sent to a HD-DVDR via a PC, captured on a Hi Def Camera, etc the studios/authorities can read the watermark off of the copy (presumably using special equipment) & know which player was the original source for the copy. Now here's the clever bit, future HD-DVD's will hold a list of the offending HD-DVD Players ID's & will stop playback immediately once detected. So if you have created the copy then your player is shut down & now useless, further punishments could also follow?

    End result - The professional probably now doesnt make enough profit to cover the cost of new players every few weeks. The amateur doesnt even bother trying as word gets around about what can happen.

    If HD-DVD beats Blu Ray (hope not as I believe BR is the better format) then this could mean big profits for Toshiba & its partners & possibly cheaper disks for us ?
     
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    That assumes that end-user DVD players are a meaningful source for illicit copies of movies on the internet - which is nonsense. The majority comes from within the movie industry where people work with less protected material.

    All this nonsense will yield is higher cost for end users and usage restrictions that reflect poorly on the entertainment industry. If it wasn't for the content owners blackmailing the producers of entertainment electronics by withholding their stuff from devices that do not obey their demands for control, we'd have cheaper, more versatile and user-friendly AV equipment at home.
     
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    I am a little confused on this, does this statement say that your player will be burning information onto a disc? What about rental copies?
     
  5. paulfoley

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    The player inserts the watermark signature into the image stream. In other words it takes some of the actual pixels from your (or a rental copy) film & replaces them with its own.

    I can just see the adverts on the web now - "Modded Multiregion HD-DVD Players, no macrovision, no HDCP & Watermark chip bypassed. Will also play HD-DVDR's!"

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