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Sony's First Blu-ray Disc Drive Won’t Play Blu-ray Movies!?

Postby Ian on Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:22 pm

This is either a really bad decision on Sony's behalf or poor reporting by CNET. I'm betting its the latter.

http://www.cnet.com.au/desktops/dvdburn ... 720,00.htm

I think the guy was simply stating that with current video cards and PC's, most people will not be able to play back commercial Blu-ray movies, not that the drive won't support them altogether. Thoughts?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:43 pm

I've been told that it's more a problem with their OEM supplier being unable to incorperate AACS and still get the movies to play properly.
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Postby [buck] on Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:54 pm

Ok... maybe that Pioneer drive isn't so bad after all :lol:
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Postby Ian on Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:02 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:I've been told that it's more a problem with their OEM supplier being unable to incorperate AACS and still get the movies to play properly.


More likely, its the software. As the article points out, InterVideo's WinDVD EX is pretty much the only game in town. It worked fine with the Pioneer drive but it won't recognize my Panasonic. People have speculated that the Sony is Panasonic based so that could be the problem.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:27 pm

Ian wrote: People have speculated that the Sony is Panasonic based so that could be the problem.

Hrm... I'm pretty sure it's a BenQ/LiteON OEM.
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Postby Ian on Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:03 pm

You think? The specs are almost identical and it supports DVD-RAM.
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Postby jsl on Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:01 am

The drive is a Panasonic and that drive will play commercial BD movies fine. For example Watch Impress played BD movies with the drive (rebadged as an external IO data if I remember correct) in a test and there are a couple of guys over at AVSforum that also have the drive and they are able to play BD-ROM movies (using Windvd 8 which is released in Japan).
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:13 pm

Hrm... well then another major player will have a drive with big problems in the near future I think :o
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