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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 CrazyBernie on 1/17/2007 6:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
19.6GB = 156.8Gb = 156,800Mb;
156,800Mb @ 1Mb/s = 2,613 Min = 43.5 hours

PC's in general have a higher resolution than TV's

Downloading in the background while doing other things = no wasted time, and no cost to the user.

Don't get me wrong; buying the movie is much easier. I usually recommend renting it 1st and buying if you like it (which is why I use Netflix).. but most people would rather not spend the money renting something they might hate.

Most store return policies forbid the returning of movies/software that has been opened. I know Best Buy will only exchange open software/movies for the same exact title, so you can't even get a different movie.

RE: what's the point?
By crleap on 1/18/2007 11:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
exchange it for the same title. you get a new wrapped up copy, then take it somewhere else like walmart with liberal return policies. they'll give you at worst a gift card for the price of the now-unwrapped dvd you take to them. who wouldn't use a gift card to walmart

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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