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Zelda_fan
08-22-05, 01:52 PM
http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/hardware/hdcp-vista.ars

talks about that new video DRM crap where you have to buy a new monitor otherwise you'll get a downscaled image. Actually it seems MS isn't at fault here. It's mainly the movie studios that are doing this junk. MS has to put it in otherwise HD Dvds won't run at all. Kind of funny to see MS getting strongarmed into something for a change

AthlonXP1800
08-22-05, 05:50 PM
Hmmm never heard of HDCP! None of new LCDTV and LCD monitors have it, all of them have DVI here in Europe like my LCDTV have DVI port.

Riptide
08-22-05, 10:29 PM
This has been discussed already, I think in the general hardware forum.

In any case, it's not as big of a deal as it seems at first. Any non DRM enabled content you have, HD or otherwise, will play without any degradation. Only DRM enabled content will have this problem so if you buy a new DRM enabled DVD that's in HD then you'll have issues if your display doesn't support HDCP.

At first I was real worried that non DRM enabled content would also be downsampled but that's not the case.

retsam
08-23-05, 03:40 PM
there is also the legacy loophole.... do you really think they are gonna release hd-dvd drives without support for win2k and 98x support...since these os's know nothing about drm ...it will simply ignore anything passed to it ..

gmontem
08-23-05, 04:22 PM
there is also the legacy loophole.... do you really think they are gonna release hd-dvd drives without support for win2k and 98x support...since these os's know nothing about drm ...it will simply ignore anything passed to it ..
I don't think that'll be a problem for Microsoft. They won't be supporting those two OSes by the time those drives come out.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/default.mspx

retsam
08-23-05, 06:38 PM
I don't think that'll be a problem for Microsoft. They won't be supporting those two OSes by the time those drives come out.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/default.mspx its not a question if m$ will support it. it comes down to the drive manufacturers. they want the most bang for there buck so they will support there drives on the older os's

gmontem
08-24-05, 12:22 AM
its not a question if m$ will support it. it comes down to the drive manufacturers. they want the most bang for there buck so they will support there drives on the older os's
When I think about it there may not be any problem with that at all. I'm pretty sure all the drive will do is pass the encrypted data, leaving it to the OS or to other hardware, say something on the motherboard, to decrypt it. In fact the data might remain encrypted throughout its lifespan in memory on non-Vista OSes and will only be decrypted when it reaches a DRM-monitor.