Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Jan 2007 14:40 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
Windows Microsoft has been forced to acknowledge that a substantial number of PCs running the new version of its Windows operating system will not be able to play high-quality DVDs. The Vista system will be available to consumers at the end of the month. However, in an interview with The Times, one of its chief architects said that because of anti-piracy protection granted to the Hollywood studios, Vista would not play HD-DVD and Blu-ray Discs on certain PCs.
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RE[5]: This is not news
by The1stImmortal on Wed 10th Jan 2007 01:26 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: This is not news"
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Basically, MS said that it would be up to the applications to determine if the content can be played or not, and that the OS wouldn't have anything to do with it. Now we learn differently.

And how has that changed? It is up to the application to enable the protections the ISV deems necessary to playback whatever content they want. Vista does not control this. Re-read the quote you provided and re-read the Channel 9 link and quote I provided.


I assume that WMP will be doing playback of HD-DVD & Blu-ray discs in some cases. If this is the case (and playback's not restricted to those rubbishy third-party apps that come with drives) then given WMP's bundled with the OS (making, it in my opinion, part of the OS), then the OS will be making these decisions, since the playback application will be a part of the base OS.

As for the apps making these decisions, here's hoping ReactOS (or WINE) achieves enough compatibility to run some of these players, so we can just give them false information about the security of the data path ;)

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