Never forget to follow the money. Hollywood is missing out on millions of dollars each time a new movie is released. Anyone can go rent a movie and clone it. The software to do it is so easy to get. And it is possible to copy Blu-ray titles too.
Because of all this pirating the Software makers have asked the Hardware makers for some help. All large screen displays have HDMI ports ( some have 2 or 3). All Blu-Ray players have HDMI output ports. Most audio Recievers will also have HDMI ports. So we will have in place a full digital path from source to display for Audio and Video. Great for the consumer, Right? I think it is.
It is even greater for Sony Pictures and evey other company producing Blu-Ray titles. Besides sending great Video 1080P signals and 7.1 Audio signals, HDMI circuits look for something called HDCP. If they see a HDCP code then everything is great. And life is wonderful.
If they don’t see the copy protection code then they simply turn off. No image on your screen and no sound from your speakers.
When you teenage kids goes out and rented a blu-ray view on your 42" display then things work great. But when they drop it on you your computer to copy for their friends the HDCP code does not get copied. And when you drop the cloned disk in your blu-ray player thing get turned off.
I think over all this is a very good thing because the ones that pay for titles don’t pay a surcharge for those thet think movies should be free to copy. If you were going to release a blockbuser movie like the new BATMAN and you knew if you released in on DVD 15% or more would be copied and if you released it on Blu-ray almost none would get copied. What would you do?
My only question is how HDCP works with downloaded movies. Maybe the code will allow ONE copy to be made then gets turned off. From what I know Code is not neeeded to play a movie on your computer screen
Look at what Disney is offering on their Blu-rays releases. They offer a lot more features. And Guess why? It not because they want to impress you but it a lot harder to copy Sleeping Beauty from a Blu-ray than from a DVD.
Like I said. Follow the money. Do you think they could sell more CD"S if it wasn’t so easy to copy one on ANY computer