January 16, 2012

Hardware and Software

Pete needs the ability to watch BDs from any region. Various people are proposing hardware solutions.

Maybe it's because I'm a programmer, but I prefer a software solution: AnyDVD HD from SlySoft. It's true that you have to buy it again every year if you want to keep up on new patches. (Well, someone has to pay for their effort keeping up with new forms of copy protection.)

And I suppose the biggest objection is that it lets you play your BDs on your computer screen, rather than on your living room TV. But for me that's no issue; I don't have a living room TV.

The fact that it is illegal to own it in the US (because of the DMCA) doesn't seem to be much of a deterrent to anyone. Besides which, all the hardware solutions others have proposed are equally illegal.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 06:04 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 I don't think the "can't play on your living room TV" thing is much of an issue.

1) It takes a simple adaptor to convert DVI output (which is most modern video cards anyway) to HDMI.

2) You can get video cards that have nothing but HDMI outputs.

...so you could use anything with an HDMI input as a monitor.  I've played WoW on my 47" blab slab.

My $156 torrent box could be used to play BDs if I installed a BD drive.  It would then cost more than $156 but the price would still be comfortably under $300, and using the blab slab's VGA input gets me 1920x1080 without a problem.\

Still not legal for multi-region BDs of course thanks to DMCA, of course.

Posted by: atomic_fungus at January 16, 2012 06:31 PM (4deSp)

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