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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 ghost101 on 1/17/2007 5:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
Something which is more likely is reencoding of HDDVDs. I mean very few people currently download full DVDs compared to 1/2 CD xvid/divx rips.

So i think you can expect xvid/divx files at 720p resolutions. Similar to the new trend in TV shows.


RE: what's the point?
By heffeque on 1/17/2007 7:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
Actually... "720re" is starting to flow on eMule and it looks and sounds GRRRREAT!


RE: what's the point?
By isaacmacdonald on 1/17/2007 9:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Right you are. I've seen quite a few 720p x264 rips weighing in at about 1 DVD in size--they look quite good and don't involve ungodly amounts of time devoted to downloading.


RE: what's the point?
By Araemo on 1/18/2007 9:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
This makes me wonder - for the movies already released, what are they encoded in, MPEG-2 or H.264? I know *D-DVD supports both, and many of the first releases were in MPEG-2(What normal DVDs are encoded with, *D-DVD just uses a much higher resolution, which is why the files are so big)


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