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October 5, 2005

Most Monitors Won’t Play New HD Video on Vista

Posted by David Hunter at 6:09 PM ET.

Scott Spannbauer at PCWorld:

If you dropped a bundle on a high-end computer display or HDTV, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you slip your new high-definition DVD of Star Wars: Episode III into your Windows Vista PC. Vista, the next version of Windows that’s slated to appear in about a year, will feature a new systemwide content protection scheme called PVP-OPM. If your monitor doesn’t work with PVP-OPM, all you’ll likely see is either a fuzzy rendition of your high-def flick or Hollywood’s version of the Blue Screen of Death–a message warning you that the display has been ‘revoked’.

Forthcoming Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs promise higher resolution than a standard DVD’s 480-line maximum. But to protect its high-quality content from pirating, the film industry, along with disc and hardware makers, has created an umbrella content protection scheme known as AACS. If Windows is to play the new discs, Microsoft has little choice but to support AACS, which is where PVP-OPM comes in. According to Microsoft, PVP-OPM will prevent pirates from attaching recording devices directly to the PC graphics card’s DVI or HDMI video outputs in order to capture a pristine digital copy of the disc’s otherwise encrypted content.

Unfortunately, PVP-OPM will also shut out plenty of law-abiding video watchers whose current displays aren’t future-proof.

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of current wide-screen desktop display owners, you can probably forget about viewing Blu-ray or HD-DVD discs on your nearly new (and far from cheap) monitor.

Follow the link for the details. This could be more than mildly annoying. And HDTV owners need to worry too.

Filed under Blu-ray, DRM, Digital Media, HD DVD, Hardware, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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