Last night, I was able to watch Batman Begin Blu-ray on my 30" Apple monitor even though the monitor isn’t HDCP compliant. I used the PowerDVD software that came on the installation disc, my video card is an ATI 4870, which does support HDCP, and monitor and video card are connected through the DVI plug. I think the drive has the latest firmware out of the box because the firmware update tool didn’t find anything.
I thought every element of the chain had to support HDCP? I was so sure that when I first installed the drive in my computer, I didn’t even bother to test it, I just installed AnyDVD immediately. But yesterday, I did a clean reinstall of Vista 64-bit and just on a whim, put the movie into the drive before installing AnyDVD and the movie played. I have not upgraded the software suite. There’s a ACTIVATE button on the menu screen but I haven’t pressed it and the software works fine.