Blu-Ray Faces DRM Setbacks

By Justin Mann on August 26, 2005, 11:00 AM
With Sony and Toshiba no longer considering going in cahoots together, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are set to hit the market around the same time and compete for dominance as the new optical standard. Blu-Ray, however, is now facing some issues. BenQ, the company designing the disk drives, has encountered difficulty implementing the required DRM technology into the discs. DRM has been a controversial issue for years, and has caused many issues like this in the past. For the moment, production is only 'delayed'. HD-DVD development, though, is apparently right on schedule. This may give the lower-capacity HD-DVD a first to market advantage.

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Phantasm66 said:
So blu-ray disks will be less secure. Therefore, easier to copy. Therefore, the more dominant format.
asphix said:
[b]Originally posted by Phantasm66:[/b][quote]So blu-ray disks will be less secure. Therefore, easier to copy. Therefore, the more dominant format.[/quote]Not necesarily. The consumer doesnt drive the storage media market. The distributors do. The consumers then buy whatever format the distributor provides.Consumers didnt one day say, "Hey! CD's are awesome! I'm gonna buy a bunch of blank ones.. and when they start releasing them in retail outlets I can copy the content!!"Blu-Ray will have content protection on it regardless. It just means they wont have it done on schedule giving hd-dvd a head start. If blu-ray didnt implement DRM it would be their downfall as every content provider would then choose HD-DVD. The blank media consumer (the people who would be copying the content) do not decide this. Even the retail consumers dont decide it. The content creators decide which medium to place their data on.
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