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The first HD DVD title to hit BitTorrent networks
The results of hacked HD DVD keys turn up as HD DVDs are released on the Internet

Late last year, a hacker claimed to have circumvented the copy protection scheme used to protect HD DVD and Blu-ray content. Just over two weeks after the news broke, the online pirate community is seeing the fruits of hacker labor with the first release of a full HD DVD available for download.

The first HD DVD movie released is Serenity, which weighs in at 19.6 GB. The file reportedly is available in EVO format and is playable with PC-based players such as PowerDVD at full 1080p resolution.

Other HD DVD movies have quickly followed with the release of Pitch Black at 21.37 GB, The Chronicles of Riddick at 24.94 GB and Batman Begins at 24.76 GB. All HD DVD movies released thus far appear to retain all aspects of the original discs, including various audio options and special features.

While PowerDVD is the software of choice to play the pirated releases, PowerDVD’s developer, Cyberlink, has publically stated that it believes that its software is secure and is not a part of the exploit in extracting the title keys used to decrypt HD DVDs.

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RE: what's the point?
By smitty3268 on 1/17/2007 5:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
and to download a 19GB file?! How long will that take? A week maybe if you get like a constant 1mb/s connection rate and your machine needs to be on 24/7!

Actually, at that speed you could get 21GB in 48 hours. And getting files at 2.5x that speed isn't out of the question, which would lower it to around 19 hours. Still a long time but not completely unreasonable.
If a user has a small size monitor then won't be able to see it in true HD form

I would imagine they would connect their computer into a 1080p HDTV and get full quality. Otherwise there wouldn't be any point, would there?
What if I download it and it does not work!

That's what you get for not paying any money.
No, but if I buy it and it does not work, at least I get to change it or get a refund.

Well, I would certainly hope so.
If HD DVD movies cost around $20bucks or so. I'll rather buy it than download it.

I tend to agree - the only reason I would want to pirate this in the first place would be to stick it to the pro-DRM MPAA.

RE: what's the point?
By cubby1223 on 1/17/2007 9:27:01 PM , Rating: 2
I tend to agree - the only reason I would want to pirate this in the first place would be to stick it to the pro-DRM MPAA.

Exactly. Here I was the only sucker among my friends who actually paid for the Family Guy movie instead of downloading it. And what was my reward? I am forced to watch an anti-piracy propaganda infomercial every time that, thanks to drm, cannot be skipped... Really makes me want to buy more dvds...

RE: what's the point?
By rtrski on 1/18/2007 8:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
You can avoid that if you either play it on a computer with the right SW blocking the 'user prohibition' commands, or just rip it to a computer and play it from the HDD.

That's what I do. I won't torrent or pirate; I buy what I watch. But I absolutely refuse to sit thru forced commercials, propaganda, or previews I didn't choose to watch.

That's what turned me on to HTPC's in the first place...

RE: what's the point?
By crleap on 1/18/2007 11:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
hey it's no worse than going to the theatre these days, spending $20 for tickets and $30 for popcorn, and having to watch 15 minutes worth of pepsi and vonage commercials before the previews even start. Where's our discount for the commercial time?

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