beta 10 fixes an issue where opening a new stream could return
the last frame of the last opened stream and random access could produce
When the FCC announced plans last Monday to prevent broadband carries
from throttling your connection,
it didn't take the provider industry long to object. After all,
why invest money into bigger pipes when makers of throttling hardware
promise you a solution for less money (and who cares about the paying
Now ain't that a pickle: the UK's content wants throttling
and filtering technology that would cost ISPs considerably more
than the alleged losses that the music industry claims to suffer
1.9.6 fixes a bunch of bugs.
With a network neutrality mandate looming, the content
industry is making a preemptive push to stall - after all, besides
cutting off Internet access altogether, throttling is their second
favorite measure to forestall changing their business model to once
again offer what people want.
Is the Broadcast flag coming to the UK? The BBC
wants to green light DRM for over-the-air HD television.
||Remember those 30 seconds samples you can listen to before
purchasing a song online? Songwriters, composers and music publishers
want to get paid for those, too. Okay, those people usually get
screwed over by the labels, but still.. where will it end?
||Big content just got a new ally in their crusade to get
a broadcast flag in the US - Time Warner Cable and the National Cable
and Telecommunications Association have joined
the MPAA in their lobbying fight for "selectable output control"
(a fancy word for "we'll decide if you're allowed to record and
/ or skip ads).
||Second time's the charm - at least for
France's Internet disconnection law. An appeal to the constitutional
courts is likely..
||The latest twist in big content's fight against changing
their business model: in Japan, the music industry wants to have a
piece of software that authorizes music playback on every cellphone.
Before anybody can play a piece of music, the phone would have to
contact an authentication service, and if the okay is not given, forget
about playing your songs. I wonder how that'll work with your ripped
CDs... oh wait.. those are illegal copies ;)
Managed copy seems to be coming to Blu-ray after all - Pioneer
has shown a prototype of their first managed copy enabled Blu-ray
player at CEDIA. The player copies entire movies to a local harddisk
at 4x speeds. engagetHD has a video
of the whole process.
Meanwhile, JVC has announced the
first Blu-ray burner for the US: the SR-HD1500 retails for $1995
and has a built-in 250GB HD and its bigger cousin, the SR-HD1250
has a 500GB HD, a serial interface and supports mov files and retails
for $2555. Don't those front plates remind you of the first CD players?
DivX HD, and thus MKV support is coming to a Panasonic Blu-ray
player near you soon as DivX has just
signed a deal with Panasonic allowing their high def chipsets to
play DivX HD.
BDP-N460 brings YouTube, Bravia Internet Video and Netflix Watch
Instantly to their latest profile 2.0 player. There's no MKV support
So Virgin tries a new method of getting people to pay for music
online - a flat
fee DRM free download offering, and all the labels that aren't
on board are screaming bloody murder. Is anybody really surprised
3.9.7 handles files with swapped field order in the RLE buffer
MKB support is making more inroads into the Blu-ray market: Philips'
latest players - BDP7500 and BDP9500 support videos (MPEG-2/AVC/VC-1)
in the MKV container up to 1080p, as well as DivX Ultra and WMV.
Toshiba's Satellite P500 is their first notebook sporting a Blu-ray
drive. The 18.4" model should hit the market some time in the
4th quarter for a yet undetermined price.
Right in hand with the device comes their first standalone Blu-ray
player - the BDX2000. It supports profile 2.0, has an SDHC slot,
plays AVCHD and DivX HD videos and should sell for $250 in November.
0.4.0c uses an MKBv12 host certificate so users without a patched
drive can now again access discs without dumpvid (be careful though..
playing a newer disc might invalidate the host cert again).
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