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Saturday, August 12, 2006

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.).

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  • Sony Electronics: Well, we're ready to sell the first Blu-Ray players, but there's this little unfinished DRM issue preventing us from getting started before HD-DVD makes any headway.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment: Sorry, we need our DRM.

    Sony Electronics: We could be selling these players and achieving market dominance, though.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment: DRM.

    Sony Electronics: You could also be selling tons of brand new Blu-Ray discs now.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment: Hello? DRM?

    Sony Electronics: Our players could be in homes across America and around the world in time for the winter holiday season this year, and you'd be selling high def movies like hotcakes.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment: What part of "DRM" don't you understand?

    Sony Electronics: Fine, DRM, whatever. I just hope we don't become laughing stocks when we go to Australia this summer.

    By Anonymous HD-DVD rules, at 12:34 AM  

  • Flashback to BETA comes to mind!!

    By Blogger AlRo, at 9:49 AM  

  • Too true, Kiltak. About the only thin that keeps them in business is they do make some pretty good electronics at a decent price.

    But I'll never buy another one.

    By Anonymous Sterling Camden, at 3:43 PM  

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