Sony Blu-Ray PC Drive Won’t Play Blu-Ray Movies?
Now this goes against all common sense. Why would a company release a $1400 Blu-Ray PC drive that cannot even play Blu-Ray movies?
Bautista says that one of two reasons for this is the fact that commercial content is encrypted with High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), which can only be decrypted using a HDCP-compliant graphics card that offers DVI or HDMI connections. Since there are currently no PCs for sale offering graphics chips that support HDCP, this isn't yet possible.
This is typical of Sony. They start by developing a great new media format and promote it like crazy. Then, they cripple it and wonder why people flee away from their products (BetaMax, MiniDisc, etc.).