SlySoft AnyDVD HD Released $79

I mentioned a few days ago that SlySoft released a beta for an HD version of their program AnyDVD. Well, now it is official and you can buy it for yourself for $79 unless you buy it bundled with some of their other apps, they’ll give you a discount in price per application if you do that.So if you need to backup some of your HD-DVD’s you can head on over to SlySoft.com to get AnyDVD HD.

SlySoft AnyDVD HD backs up HD-DVD’s

SlySoft makers of AnyDVD, CloneDVD, CloneDVD Mobile, and CloneCD have released a beta of AnyDVD HD which now supports backing up of HD-DVD’s. This comes right on the heels of arnezami’s announcement on the Doom9 forums of the processing key. You gotta wonder how they are backing up those HD-DVD’s.I haven’t tried the software myself but I have heard that it does work. You can download it for yourself here.

One Key to decrypt all HD-DVD and Blu-Ray

We all know that HD-DVD and Blu-Ray encryption have been cracked, but now all of the current disks have been cracked in, well, a new way.

“arnezami” on Doom9 forums announced that he has found the processing key. Previously every different disk needed a seperate key so you would need to extract the key from memory after playing the disk with a player.

Many other forum contributors used the same key to decrypt other movies on HD-DVD and then they tried the key on Blu-Ray and it worked!

Arnezami did not use a cracked player to find the keys he just watched the changes in memory while starting to play the movie. The change seemed to be the processing key. Arnezami said that he spent most of his time on this project by studying the AACS documents that are available.

It’s amazing what somebody can do armed with a $200 HD-DVD player that is bundled with a HD-DVD,  some player software, and well a whole lot of time.

LG Blu-Ray HD-DVD Player For Sale on bestbuy.com

Many of you I’m sure have heard of LG’s “Super Multi Blue Player” that is capable of playing both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD with only a single drive. The player is now available on bestbuy.com.

With the ability to play both Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs, in addition to upconverting standard DVDs, this versatile system delivers crisp and clear images with rich layers of sound that will leave you on the edge of your seat.”

If you want to get yourself a High Definition player and don’t want to end up with a dead format this may be a good option, and even though it doesn’t support all of HD-DVD’s features it isn’t enough to worry about. Most of the missing functionality could most likely be fixed with a simple firmware update.
The player is $1200 which is a bit pricey but thats the price you pay if your an early adopter.

Samsung’s 2nd Gen Blu-Ray Player

For $799 Samsung’s 2nd generation Blu-Ray player is a step in the right direction for Blu-Ray. It’s $200 cheaper than the previous version and also incorporates a Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processor.

The BD-P1200 will output up to 1080p and has a HDMI 1.3 connection. It has a great selection of audio options including 192KHz LPCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS.

The player is set to make it to retail in March.

Toshiba Debuts HD-DVD Burner for the Desktop

Toshiba announced the first desktop HD-DVD burner ever and I hope it will come with some software to watch the movies. Quick bit of the specs:
S-ATA interface
8MB Buffer
1x HD-DVD Single and Dual Layer Burning (SLOW)
2.4x Dual Layer DVD Burning
8x DVD-R Singe Layer

Check out the announcement page here which also has full specs.

Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Dual Player Coming

LG is going to be showing off a HD-DVD/Blu-ray Player at CES next week. LG will most likely be the first to have a hybrid player because Samsung is the only other company to talk about one and they already have a Blu-Ray player available and its not likely that they would have one before LG. The player seems pretty darn cool and I can’t wait to see it. I am now waiting to hear more about this before I buy myself a next gen player. I’m a little partial towards Blu-Ray because of the support of Disney but HD-DVD seems to be a bit cheaper than Blu-Ray, especially since I’ve found the old Toshiba players for $300.

I’m excited about CES aswell and the coverage by dl.tv who will have videos up 4 times next week. I hope all of you watch dl.tv next week because I think its one of the best video podcasts out there.

HD-DVD Encryption Cracked

Well not really but someone did get a hold of some of the decryption keys for a few of the movies and was able to write a command line application to decrypt the DVD. The video is here. The finder of these keys announced it on the Doom 9 forums. It seems that the user used a cracked player to obtain the keys but that won’t really help because if that is the case then the player could easily be updated when you put a new disc in it. I hope this is a real hack and is not going to be something that the movie studios can get around because I like to sometimes backup a DVD and throw it on my Laptop so that I can watch it on a trip and not have to bring along the disc.