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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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Help or Hurt HD-DVD Sales?
By CKDragon on 1/17/2007 5:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
So I wonder whether this will help or hurt HD-DVD sales...

On one hand, the movie studios are going to look at this and be seriously deterred from putting their films on a hacked format.

On the other hand, I bet HD-DVD just got a lot more interest from the legions of people that are used to pirating their DVDs through various nefarious means. This could mean a lot more HD-DVD players jumping off the shelves which would mean a big installed user base. I'm sure someone will respond "But these new users will only be pirates", but most of the swashbucklers that I know WILL PURCHASE good movies to show support. Just not the 3rd rate crap.

Anyway, just food for thought.


RE: Help or Hurt HD-DVD Sales?
By Hydrofirex on 1/17/2007 11:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
Using Piracy as a subversive marketing strategy...

It's a good thing Microsoft has never thought about doing that...


RE: Help or Hurt HD-DVD Sales?
By Aikouka on 1/18/2007 8:12:35 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think it will hurt sales as the average user will not want to download 19GB+ of data. What does hurt sales (in my opinion) is the fact that the movies are sometimes twice as expensive as the DVDs! I have an HD-DVD player, but I'm quite skeptical about paying that much for a movie unless it's one of my favorite movies of all time. $20 seems to be the sweet spot for the movies, but I see quite a few placed around $30-35, which is just a bit ludicrous.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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