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Old 05-26-2006, 07:42 PM   #1  
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Default Blue Ray possibly incompatible with Windows Vista

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=17217

Read the article carefully and it says something to the effect that Vista will not allow uncertified drivers to play on the New Vista operating system. With Microsoft's stalwart support for HD-DVD, they might not certify any Blue Ray drivers making them unplayable on any future computer than runs Vista. Of course this is just speculation at this point but Microsoft is no stranger to playing hardball and have experienced one or two lawsuits in the past. However it stacks up or plays out, it looks like Microsoft's support for HD-DVD will be a bigger factor than the BR fanboys have stated.

This does not sound good for Blue Ray:
" unsigned drivers will be revoked and premium content will not play when such drivers are running on a PC"

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Old 05-26-2006, 09:26 PM   #2  
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It seems unlikely that MS won't have certified drivers for BR drives in Vista since there's already documentation and even a quote from an MS rep stating that they plan to add auto-play support for BR drives in Vista- just not native movie playback.

"In short, Windows Vista will support (i.e. recognize) Blu-Ray discs, but will not natively support Blu-Ray movie playback; for that, you'll still need third party software."

http://www.windowsitpro.com/windowsp...ott_49103.html

I don't think MS would waste the time to add auto-play features for BR discs to Vista if they didn't plan to certify software drivers for the drives.

We won't know for sure for a while now- especially now that Vista may be getting pushed back even further than Jan. of '07.

What I do know, putting the BR/HD-DVD debate aside for a brief moment, is that the UAC scheme is an absolute joke right now- and it had better improve greatly before RTM. It's actually more intrusive and disruptive than the UAC in OSX, and I didn't think that was possible. I've never felt like as much of a spectator when logged in under an admin account as I have with the most recent couple builds of Vista.
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Interesting, that makes sense. I don't think MS wants to support BR, but they fear angering major companies like Sony and Dell and more importantly they don't want to get sued by the Blue Ray consortium.

If Sony was smart they would pay to have their own BR software player developed and give the source code out free to the computer manufacturers. If they did that it would make Microsofts support for HD-DVD pretty much a non factor.
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...If Sony was smart they would pay to have their own BR software player developed and give the source code out free to the computer manufacturers. If they did that it would make Microsofts support for HD-DVD pretty much a non factor.
It doesn't require that kind of effort from Sony. There will be plenty of 3rd party BR software players once the drive and new OS are out. Intervideo will have players that will work with both HD-DVD and BD drives. It's not that big a deal.
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Very likely the Blue Ray software players will be fairly expensive as they will also have to include BD-Java, unless Sony subsidizes this it will put additional price pressure on computer manufacturers.
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Nero 7 has BR/HD-DVD playback plug-in.
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Old 05-30-2006, 03:48 PM   #7  
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" unsigned drivers will be revoked and premium content will not play when such drivers are running on a PC"
Well now that's going to play hell with legacy applications.
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