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Is AACS Killing the Blu-ray Disc Industry?

HD2008
09-30-2008, 06:06 AM
Story...

http://www.emedialive.com/articles/readarticle.aspx?articleid=14057

ah802
09-30-2008, 08:12 AM
Heads up article, definitely explains slow adoption rates for second tier publishing. It's politics like that this, that could be the undoing of the disk format.

Loves2Watch
09-30-2008, 08:16 AM
It seems to be all about greed as the AACS encryption was cracked as soon as it was released so the piracy excuse holds no water.

JoeRoscoe
09-30-2008, 09:08 PM
Confirmation that ever since Sony began aquiring film and music catalogs, their primary concern has been a paranoid fear to protect their product to the point that it violates every end user rights.
Multiple copy protection schemes, root-kits, built-in player restrictions that sometimes make it hard (if not near impossible) to play the very product you purchased.
They've alienated many consumers and it appears they're doing the same to the vendors.:(

Loves2Watch
09-30-2008, 10:25 PM
Confirmation that ever since Sony began aquiring film and music catalogs, their primary concern has been a paranoid fear to protect their product to the point that it violates every end user rights.
Multiple copy protection schemes, root-kits, built-in player restrictions that sometimes make it hard (if not near impossible) to play the very product you purchased.
They've alienated many consumers and it appears they're doing the same to the vendors.:(

That is the reason I won't purchase or recommend any Sony product. If we the consumer don't show our displeasure with Sony by not purchasing their products, this will do nothing but get much worse.

Nikopol
10-01-2008, 04:16 AM
AACS (Advanced Access Content System) is the HD disc version of ACS copy protection. With HD DVD AACS was optional but with Blu-ray things are different. “With Blu-ray AACS is mandatory and the licensing fees are ridiculous,” says Bruce Nazarian, president of the DVD Association (DVDA). “An independent producer who wants to put out a title on Blu-ray is going to spend close to $4300 just to buy in, just to get in the gate in order to pay license fees, before they’ve even managed to replicate a single disc,” he says. “If you want to make a Blu-ray disc of any kind and replicate it, you have got to buy into this AACS licensing fee which is currently a deal breaker for most of the second-tier producers.”

Well, i think this is really a problem for the format. Volumes are rather low and if you want to release a small title, maybe as an independent studio, these high mandatory fees imo definitely hurt. If you're only expecting to sell a rather low volume, then these licencing costs (one time and recurring fees) don't break down to a fraction of a cent per disc, but they stay at a significant level.

It really would be the better option to give anyone who wants to release on BD the choice, if we wants to use AACS or not. All the "paranoid" studios can use it, those who still trust their customers can chose not to use it.

Loves2Watch
10-01-2008, 06:38 AM
It really would be the better option to give anyone who wants to release on BD the choice, if we wants to use AACS or not. All the "paranoid" studios can use it, those who still trust their customers can chose not to use it.

:yippee::yippee::yippee:

JoeRoscoe
10-01-2008, 10:59 AM
Many of the early BluRay disc problems were caused by Sony's heavy-handed copy protection codecs...
Sony also seems very indifferent to completing the BD-Live function as recent blogs atest to the problems associated with the "Iron Man" BluRay release, again a failure of an incomplete format rushed to production...
I know there are work-arounds related to disc problems but, come on, it's been 2 years-plus since the format roll-out, is it too much to ask for these disc/network problems to be addressed?
HD-DVD has been dead (sort of) for several months now, as soon as I updated my A2 with the 3.0 firmware update (via ethernet) and popped in the "Transformers" disc it went right to the supplimental web-site with no trouble. (I've recently updated to 4.0), Toshiba seems to support a "dead" format on a more timely basis than Sony has to date with it's "Live" format, again Sony indifference, any wonder why the format has seen a slower than anticipated adoption rate?:mad: