Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Sep 2009 22:31 UTC
Multimedia, AV While we at OSNews often talk about desktops, laptops, and netbooks, there is another "form factor" which is making inroads into various households: the home theatre PC, or HTPC. There are a lot of software packages out there that will aid in turning a computer into an HTPC, and since I've been testing three of them extensively over the past months, I figured we'd talk about what you use.
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RE[5]: MythTV - thankyou
by jabbotts on Sat 12th Sep 2009 22:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: MythTV - choice"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

I did have the two mixed up. I read the ATI article quickly a few days back and thought it was some DRM support required for the newer ATI boards to manage HD content.

Sadly, digital restriction management is becoming a necessary evil for content. HD tends to require the crap end to end. DVD content use, though legally licensed, requires DRM addon codecs where the FOSS developed solutions are not legal. The risk is that the platform will be left behind as more DRM becomes included and expecting average consumers to understand let alone denounce such restrictions has not helped so far.

The worse threat is hardware companies that impose synthetic limitations by providing support to Windows based solutions only as seems to be the case with the TV card. A limitation imposed by developers can be addressed by other developers but a limitation imposed by a hardware vendor becomes a real problem.

While I don't agree with DRM for content management, the problem is that it becomes another "but Linux can't do this" flag that drives new users away, puffs up fanboys for other platforms and keeps me having to boot between my primary platform and Windows depending on what I choose to do with my hardware. I'd much rather see DRM supported but users denouncing it enough to have other content providers follow Apple's stance (regarding music at least); that's an ideal world though.

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RE[6]: MythTV - thankyou
by NicePics13 on Sun 13th Sep 2009 11:46 in reply to "RE[5]: MythTV - thankyou"
NicePics13 Member since:
2009-06-08

DVD content use, though legally licensed, requires DRM addon codecs where the FOSS developed solutions are not legal. The risk is that the platform will be left behind as more DRM becomes included and expecting average consumers to understand let alone denounce such restrictions has not helped so far.

In the EU libdvdcss is not illegal for DVD playback on non-Windows/Mac platforms. I reckon it's the same deal with blu-ray though for now you have to rip/dump the bloody thing to watch it.

A limitation imposed by developers can be addressed by other developers but a limitation imposed by a hardware vendor becomes a real problem.

That's why we have illegal hardware hacks. Like the HDCP strippers you get from China.

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RE[7]: MythTV - thankyou
by AdamW on Sun 13th Sep 2009 14:49 in reply to "RE[6]: MythTV - thankyou"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

"In the EU libdvdcss is not illegal for DVD playback on non-Windows/Mac platforms."

It hasn't been tested in court, but under most nations' implementations of the EUCD (which outlaws the circumvention of copy protection mechanisms, just like the DMCA) it almost certainly is.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Some users are limited by backwards laws that make libdvd illegal and are all users are not willing to install the illegal strippers from China. There are such software solutions to get around hardware imposed problems but this just moves the limitation from the software to the local legal system. While this allows home users to make the personal choice it blocks the possibility of fully functional name brand distributions which negates use by average users and business.

I mean, your preaching to the choir here. Few things bother me more than synthetic limitations imposed by a third party. It does no good for the platform or the end user to remove choice if the hardware vendors are willing to support it. If a vendor is willing to provide specs for DRM support, that should be considered; if not by the kernel then by the distribution level through kernel mods. (this does dirty what should be an upstream addition but distributions have that choice)

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