Sony has said that the company’s first Blu-Ray disc drive
won’t play protected movies released under the Blu-Ray format. Sony unveiled its
first Blu-Ray computer disk drive, the BWU-100A, this year at the companies “Experience
event held yesterday in Sydney, Australia.
Sony officials said copy protection and software development issues
were behind its decision to release the drive without movie playback support. Among
the reasons given was the fact that Blu-Ray commercial content can only be
played with HDCP compliant hardware and that currently very few devices
actually support HDCP.
Sony is optimistic that the issues will be resolved “soon”
but does not have a specific time table available as to when that might take
place. The company emphasizes that the
drive is still useful as a mass storage device as each single layer BD-R is
able to hold approximately 25GB and the drive is still able to play
non-encrypted content. The BWU-100A has a write speed of 2x, is able to burn
both single and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE disks and will be available later
this month for around $750 USD.
quote: TDK's disc has four layers and apparently doubles the writing speed of 50GB Blu-ray discs.
quote: As for disc UI, certainly I enjoy spending hours in the menu systems rather than watching the damn film.
quote: Let's see you write...
quote: Lets see you write a new operating system from pretty much scratch and see it get done on time.
quote: Sony Pictures wants blu-ray that is secure as fort knox,
quote: And they've made BILLIONS offering songs on iTunes.
quote: Post the source on where you got they made BILLIONS...that's one of the silliest things I've heard/read all week. But its one of the funniest "opionions (sic) posted as facts" I've read, so at least on that point..thanks for the laugh.
quote: Whatever one may feel about the PS3 or Sony's business practices, you can't deny that Cell is an innovative processor, to say the least.
quote: They're going to use it for archiving data. For the market this drive is intended-- lack of movies isn't any great loss.
quote: Both HD-DVD and BR-DVD will fail as storage medium because of the new holodiscs being released this fall. As for media medium, consumers are idiots and whichever format has the best hype will win.
quote: The second reason, according to Bautista, is that BD playback software that can decrypt HDCP isn't "released as a saleable item yet". Today, the only HDCP-supporting BD playback application is the OEM version of Intervideo WinDVD BD that's bundled with Sony's VAIO VGN-AR18GP notebook...
quote: I enjoy reading DailyTech. Even though I know very well this site is paid and thus heavily biased towards certain products, the comments to this article should be a wake up call to the negative influence it is having on its readers. DailyTech is alienating itself by growing a body of ill-informed, non-fact finding, bigoting commentors.
quote: The foul language, the non-constructive comments, and the bickering back and forth has definitely turned this forum into the ghetto of tech sites (although THG is truely the ghetto of ghettos).