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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 Suomynona on 1/17/2007 8:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
No one seems to be mentioning Newsgroups. I switched over from using torrents to newsgroups about 2 months ago and I haven't look back since. The nice thing about newsgroups is I get a constant, yes read that constant 1.65MB (Megabytes, not bits) per second. So downloading even a HD DVD will take me approximately three and half hours.

Oh and yes I have an unlimited connection subject to fair use. So far fair use equates to about 500GB per month....


RE: what's the point?
By CKDragon on 1/17/2007 10:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
In an ideal world, you would be modded down to -1 for breaking rule #1.


RE: what's the point?
By Hydrofirex on 1/17/2007 11:09:38 PM , Rating: 4
Don't talk about fight club...


RE: what's the point?
By xsilver on 1/18/2007 4:51:02 AM , Rating: 2
lol you talked about fight club too! ;)

btw - newsgroups cost $$ no -- kinda makes it even less financially incentive?


RE: what's the point?
By Araemo on 1/18/2007 9:09:25 AM , Rating: 2
That entirely depends on your ISP.

There are many for-pay newsgroup servers out there that are ISP-independant, but then you're back to being limited by your ISP's outbound connection. The reason so many newsgroups are fast is that the servers are inside your ISP's network, so you can often get the real wire speed of your connection rather than your fair share of your ISP's backbone connection to the intertubes.


RE: what's the point?
By Sunner on 1/19/2007 8:57:27 AM , Rating: 2
Or do like me, go Direct Connect.
A good peer will give me over 5 MB/Sec, but that's not needed since everything is split up into smaller files anyway, so for anything that's even remotely popular, getting ~10 MB/Sec is very realistic.

And yes, I do know the difference between Mb and MB.


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