HP Puts Pressure On Blu-Ray

By Justin Mann on
With a demeanor that may come across as an ultimatum to some, HP is requesting that the developers for Blu-Ray technology optical discs include a number of features that are present on HD DVD currently. More specifically HP wants “mandatory managed copy”, a combination of copying and DRM, and iHD, something that improves integration into Vista. HP really, really wants these features, too:

“We’re still supporting Blu-ray but we’re very serious that we want these technologies. If in the end, they’re supported in one and then not the other, we’ll have to make a choice,”
Would HP stop backing one over the other? It seems a possibility. With the heat Blu-Ray has been taking from Microsoft, it's entirely plausible that the development teams for it will listen to anything their supporters have to say and implement the features. Let's hope this doesn't turn into pure politics.

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