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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 Araemo on 1/18/2007 8:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
Even at 1Mb/s, that's only about a 44 hour download. I've done much longer downloads in my day(Not for a measely two hour movie, mind you, even one as good as Serenity), but it's hardly an issue. Even simpler if you use software on your computer to limit the download to around 500Kb/s, so that you aren't saturating your connection.. sure it'll take most of a week, but you don't have to sit there or even stop doing other things, so why do you care how long it takes? Just click download, watch it NEXT weekend. ;P


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