I'm probably going to regret starting this thread. In fact I almost guarantee it. But if it helps anyone out there, then it's worth it. There seems to be a lot of confusion out there regarding the new AnyDVD HD release. I'm going to try and cut off some of the inevitible confused posts and see if we can clear everything up.
First, AnyDVD has now become AnyDVD HD. They are one product. HOWEVER, and this point is VERY important, if you are an existing AnyDVD customer, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT. With your current license, you will not lose ANY functionality by downloading and installing AnyDVD HD. Let me repeat that...if you have an existing AnyDVD license, AnyDVD HD will function EXACTLY the same as it always has. The Video HD DVD tab will be grayed out and those functions will not be available to you. That is the ONLY difference. Your lifetime updates, afaik, will still be lifetime updates for the regular AnyDVD functionality.
Second, if you would like the HD DVD functionality in the new AnyDVD HD, you WILL NEED A NEW LICENSE. This new license WILL cost you money for the upgrade. If you are an existing AnyDVD owner and wish to upgrade, you may do so at a reduced cost here and clicking the AnyDVD->AnyDVD HD upgrade button. The cost for the upgrade is 30 USD. If you do not currently own AnyDVD, you may purchase AnyDVD HD at the same link for a cost of 79 USD. That will include both the AnyDVD "classic" functionality as well as the new HD DVD functionality.
Finally, I want to point out that those of you who do not need or want the HD functionality of AnyDVD HD, you DO NOT NEED TO PAY FOR AN UPDATE. You don't need a new license. You don't need to do anything other than download the updated version of AnyDVD HD. It will run in "classic" mode as it always has. This seems to be the biggest confusion point. People are panicing that they have to upgrade or that they need a different download. From now on, AnyDVD HD is the one and only product and will run in two different modes depending on what license you have. No need to panic if you're an existing AnyDVD owner.
If you have any questions, feel free to post here. Hopefully this helps cut down on the confusion and I HOPE any support nightmare calls to Slysoft. Thanks for taking the time to read this.