beta 9 contains a lot of fixes.
HD Decrypter 18.104.22.168 now handles the the latest Blu-ray discs
with MKBv14 support. BD+ is still missing though.
For those preferring not to use bleeding edge betas, there's now
a new official
release of MPC-HC (quite possibly the best freeware media player
for Windows out there). The release 1.3.1249 has an option to remove
tearing, supports hardware assisted decoding of AVC and VC-1 content,
has better support for Vista and 64bit Windows than the trusted
old MPC, supports the EVR renderer, contains many bugs and vulnerability
fixes and of course supports all the features the trusted old MPC
has. Having used MPC-HC over MPC for a while now I can only strongly
recommend an upgrade.
Region Tray Tool is a small tool that sits in the tray and allows
you to set the Blu-ray region of popular Blu-ray software players
with only one click.
is a new application to create SUP (Blu-ray), SUB and BDN subtitles.
||In yet another small victory for the entertainment industry,
their favorite website - The Pirate Bay - was temporarily taken offline
current ISP buckled under threats of massive fines.
2.6.0 alpha 1 is the first public release of the latest development
contains bugfixes for IPTV and improves stability overall.
||FYI, I'm going to be away for the next three weeks -
by now thanks to modern technology accessing the Internet isn't an
issue, but posting news is - so people keep visiting the
forum's news section as there won't be any news posted here except
6.12 has new functions to access channels over the Internet.
7.2.1 is out - no changelog yet though.
The Pirate Bay - which might not be around in its current form
anyway at the cutoff date -
will be blocked by Irish ISP eircom starting September 1st.
I guess it's time to switch ISPs right about now if you've used
the site in the past..
0.33 adds a cli play mode, supports various older Microsoft media
video codec types and fixes a bunch of issues.
||DivX Plus HD is coming to a NEC player near you soon
NEC's EMAA series of chipsets for Blu-ray players and high definition
TV settop boxes will not only be able to play Blu-ray and HDTV content
but also DivX Plus HD (MPEG-4 AVC video and AAC audio in an MKV container)
2.5.1 re-enables various video and audio encoders that were
disabled in version 2.50, uses up-to-date ffmpeg libraries, contains
various improvements for various codecs and there are some improvements
in the GTK+ interface as well.
We all know that these days, getting access to copyrighted content
prior to its official sanctioned release (by the RIAA or MPAA) is
going to happen inevitably - it's just that sometimes, the source
of the leak comes from unlikely source - the artists themselves:
the latest RadioHead track to leak into P2P networks was
actually leaked by the artists themselves. The band noted that
they hoped the fans liked their latest work ;)
||In what is certainly going to give the RIAA some sleepless
nights (trying to figure out a workaround), an Austrian court just
ruled that the
music industry cannot get subscriber information from P2P users that
are using a dynamic IP address (because the provider has no rights
to save the association between subscriber and IP address).
6.11.8 contains improved transcoding and other changes and fixes.
Just in case you haven't noticed - political affiliations play
no role in politics when it comes to copyright law - Hollywood might
be left, but their guys in congress are just as much pro copyright
as the big business friendly right - so it should come as no surprise
department of justice comes down on the RIAA's side of the 1.92
million ruling against Jammie Thomas-Rasset.
And in what is going to be a serious headache for the RIAA, the
singer of the band Morrisey asks fans not to buy their latest "release"
all the money earned will go into the pockets of their label, and
the band won't make any money of it. Yeah, it's really all about
the artists, isn't it?
New business models are generally bad, right? At least that's Fox'es
take on the Redbox DVD rental service in the US. Apparently, 1$
is just too little (even though it's none of their business how
much a rental service charges) so Fox has instructed their subsidiaries
to delay new releases for the outfit for at least 30 days. And,
has just joined the party. How dare they charge whatever they
feel will make them a profit without asking us to approve the amount
of such a charge?
Expect to see more Disney Blu-ray releases that come with a DVD
options- according to Video Business,
the Blu-ray + DVD option is here to stay at least through 2010.
Is Australia joining the ranks of copyright industry friendly nations?
according to the Australian EFF chapter, that's exactly what
the latest governmental proposal (dubbed Telecommunication Interception
and Access Amendment Bill of 2009) in copyright reform is all about.
Then we have Canada under an constant onslaught of US sponsored
attempts to pass a more copyright industry friendly copyright legislation.
Currently, the Canadian government is holding public consultations
on copyright reform, so if you live in the great (white) north,
it's time to visit the Canadian Coalition for Electronic Right's
website and send their pre-made letter voicing concerns about the
direction the current consultation is taking to the government -
being on a US watchlist is actually a good thing when it comes to
copyright law so make sure your country stays there.
Finally, the poor artists that are cheated out of their money have
once again sided with those dirty pirates - Swedish Artist Magnus
Uggla has gone on record saying that he'd
rather be "raped" by The Pirate Bay than receiving virtually
no payment for the "legit" music service Spotify.
So, it's all about the artists, right? Then what's the company line
of the artist doesn't fall in line?
2.9.8 sports a considerable speedup in processing of large files
in the header editor and there are many bugfixes as well.
It's about time I mention multiAVCHD
again - the last two revisions saw one-click HD DVD authoring and
a real-time transcode preview.
Lenovo's Q700 series makes for an interesting HTPC - featuring
a 2.5GHz Core2 Duo CPU along with an Intel GMA X4500 GFX chip which
should be just enough for Blu-ray playback (though personally I
much prefer the nVidia 9400M series.. you get CUDA and all). There
are but two problems: no Blu-ray option, and unfortunately, the
guys with the 30" behemoths are left out in the cold again
(I'm not aware of any device to implement HDMI in the version that
can handle 2560x1600 - Dell claims my screen can, but there's no
GFX card to actually try it out).
1.63b has a command line interface for the ac3config utility,
comes with a Swedish translation and fixes a few bugs.
DivX has been busy these days - they've released the
first beta of their AAC encoder, along with the
second beta of their commandline AVC encoder.
Finally, the same judge who killed Napster (you already know what's
coming next, right) has followed up the temporary injunction against
Real's RealDVD with another preliminary injunction (did the first
one run out?) that
keeps the status quo (so RealDVD still cannot be sold). You
gotta love the "Ukrainian hackers" (Greg.. my gut and
my spellchecker says that's with an i after the first a.. the country
is called Ukraine) bit.. did we all of a sudden forget that RipGuard
and ARccOS both have and continue to be beaten only days after the
studios come up with yet another way to mess up perfectly good DVDs?
||Toshiba is definitely moving to make Blu-ray players
- they're now trying
to join the Blu-ray disc association.
6.11.7 supports Diseq for KWorld PCI and fixes the remote control
for Compro and Geniatech cards.
||Remember On2? Their VP series of codecs didn't perform
too badly in past codec comparisons (it's just slow.. ), so here's
wondering what will happen once it
sails under the Google brand.
6.11.6 supports the Kworld USB 365 card and fixes some important
contains a completely reworked autoupdate function and download
/ import of XMLTV and JVT tables as well as improving the channel
How would you like to get your Blu-ray on several weeks before the
release of the corresponding DVD? Paramount is doing
just that with the upcoming "Dance Flick".
Suing The Pirate Bay seems to be all the rage these days - the latest
Finally, the second P2P trial is over - and the verdict will make
the RIAA very happy: guilty
and the defendant has been ordered to pay $675'000, or $22'500
per song. Not quite as outlandish as the result of the Jammie Thomas
retrial, though still way out there.
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