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DVD Wars: Episodes 1 and 2

By gabe | Gabe's Declaration of Principles January 7, 2007 at 5:14AM

DVD Wars: Episodes 1 and 2
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1. While the War in Iraq wages on, Richard Siklos of The New York Times reports on good news from another war front: "New Disc May Sway DVD Wars:"

"Consumers wary of buying new high-definition DVD players because of a technology war reminiscent of the days of Betamax versus VHS will soon have a new kind of DVD that might make the decision less daunting.

Warner Brothers, which helped popularize the DVD more than a decade ago, plans to announce next week a single videodisc that can play films and television programs in both Blu-ray and HD-DVD, the rival DVD technologies"

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2. John Markoff reports in the Times about an important security breach: "Studios' DVDs Face a Crack In Security:"

"The HD-DVD camp may have suffered a setback when the programmer, who identified himself as Muslix64, announced in the Internet discussion forum Doom9 on Dec. 18 that he had successfully copied movies distributed in the HD-DVD format. The note directed readers to a site where demonstration software he had written could be downloaded.

“I was not aware of anyone having done that, so I did,” he wrote.

In an accompanying video demonstration posted on the YouTube Web site (note: This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. because its content was used without permission), the programmer showed encryption keys for six movies and concluded by stating “A.A.C.S. is unbreakable? I don’t think so. Do you? Stay tuned for source code in January."