If any of you out there were planning on adding a Blu-ray or
HD DVD drive to your PC in the near future to playback high-definition content
on your PC, you're going to be out of luck with a 32-bit processor and the
upcoming 32-bit version of Windows Vista. Microsoft Senior Program Manager
Steve Riley made
the announcement today during Tech.Ed 2006 in Sydney Australia.
“Any next-generation high definition content will not play
in x32 at all. This is a decision that the Media Player folks made because there
are just too many ways right now for unsigned kernel mode code [to compromise
content protection]. The media companies asked us to do this and said they don’t
want any of their high definition content to play in x32 at all, because of all
of the unsigned malware that runs in kernel mode can get around content
protection, so we had to do this,” said Riley.
In order to playback high definition Blu-ray or HD DVD
content, your PC must have a 64-bit processor and a 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
Running a 64-bit version of Vista means that all drivers have to be signed.
This ensures that content protection is kept in place and is something that the
movie studios have been pushing for to get help stomp out piracy.
Although AMD has been pushing 64-bit AMD Athlon 64 and
Turion 64 processors for quite some time in the consumer space, it wasn’t until
recently that Intel made a large push for 64-bit in the consumer space with the
launch of its Core
2 Duo processors for desktop and mobile platforms.
quote: I was referring to the resolution of the disk content.
quote: The HD-DVD and Blu Ray content is for resolutions up to 6400X4800, which is abolutely unnecessary.
quote: They will never be able to protect their content. They will only be able to contain it somewhat for a time.
quote: You do realize that this is the exact argument of gun owners. Have you never seen the bumper stickers? "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Think about it for a second.
quote: The argument against DRM is it's a hassle for consumers and does little to stop thieves.
quote: The fact that gun control laws just ensure that armed criminals need fear no civilian retaliation is just 'icing on the cake' so to speak.
quote: Good luck finding linux support for Blu-Ray/HD-DVD.
quote: You won't be able to play protected HD content on home-built computers of *any kind*.
quote: PII at 450
quote: The PII didn't come in at 450 mhz, that was the first rated speed of the PIII