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Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive Will Play HD DVD Movies On PC

Postby Ian on Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:34 pm

I was going to do an article on this but these guys beat me to it:

http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/11/8303/

One thing I'm not sure of is if you can play HD Movies in high res or not. If you can, this is a cheap way to add HD DVD support to your PC.
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Postby Dave88 on Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:26 am

Yeah seems a easy & cheap way to get HD-DVD but the player software is the problem.

I was reading the AVS Forums & came away with this;

WinDVD8 plays HD-DVD's but is restricted to 960x540 with AACS protected titles, there is supposedly a patch for Blu-ray titles that enables full HD but none for HD-DVD (that anyone knows of). Acquiring the patch isn't too easy either if you don't speak Japanese or have a Blu-ray drive.

A post on the AVS Forum mentioned that the player wont be officially going public till February so maybe then restriction is lifted.

PowerDVD the HD-DVD playing version supposedly has no restrictions but is not publicly available ?

There is a Toshiba branded player available on Toshiba's own site that come with their HD notebooks. But attempts to coax it into working on other systems has been fruitless though it does add an entry in MCE for playing HD-DVD's which would be nice.

Didn't Nero mention something about HD-DVD playback a while back I wonder if they have anything cooking in the oven.

I don't suppose else has any more info or heard otherwise about the above ?
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:01 am

Here's the scoop on WinDVD 8... it won't fully support HD DVD playback without an addon pack. To be honest, I'm suprised its playing these discs at all. I'm guessing this is due to it supporting the codecs HD DVD uses.

OEM's are supposed to get a new version of WinDVD with support for HD DVD in the next week or so. Unfortunately, everyone else will have to wait until the 1Q of 2007 to get the HD DVD addon pack.
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Postby Dave88 on Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:41 am

I see thanks for the info Ian that means getting the WinDVD 8 HD-DVD pack could be a tricky unless you buy a drive that comes with it (in the short term at least).

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Postby Ian on Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:30 pm

According to this, it works fine with PowerDVD HD-DVD:

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=32 ... pert&pid=3
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Postby Dave88 on Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:26 pm

That's good to know pity we can' buy it yet :(

On the AVS forum near the end of the thread Nero came up in the discussion and it seems there is a special serial key for Blu-ray/HD-DVD playback but it doesn't do anything yet...

But it looks like Nero is at least working on a player.
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Postby Ian on Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:50 pm

The local Circuit City finally got some in stock. I swung by on the way home and picked one up for about $170 after taxes (I had a coupon). I'll install it later and see if I can play back an HD DVD movie with the US version of WinDVD 8.
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:29 am

Here are a couple of screenshots. It doesn't look like the drive supports HD DVD-RW media or in the case of DVDInfoPro, HD DVD-R.
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:01 am

Well, the US version of WinDVD 8 Platinum will not play back HD DVD movies. Damn you Intervideo and your stupid addon packs!
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:24 pm

It doesn't support HDDVD-RW because the format hasn't been completed yet :wink:
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Postby flash on Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:08 pm

Ian wrote:The local Circuit City finally got some in stock. I swung by on the way home and picked one up for about $170 after taxes (I had a coupon). I'll install it later and see if I can play back an HD DVD movie with the US version of WinDVD 8.


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Postby Ian on Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:14 pm

Mature Xbox gamers? I thought I was the only one. :wink:

I do have an update on the situation with WinDVD 8. Intervideo sent me a new version with support for HD and BD playback. That catch is that its supported under Vista only. Oddly enough, I was able to install it under XP. Go figure.
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Postby Wesociety on Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:54 pm

Nice, watch any HD flicks on the PC yet?
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Postby Ian on Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:13 pm

Wesociety wrote:Nice, watch any HD flicks on the PC yet?


No. I only own one and that's the King Kong that came with the drive. I can't get past the main menu with WinDVD and U-control doesn't seem to work right with PowerDVD. Half the time I can't get rid of the stupid picture in picture.
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Postby MadBurner on Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:29 am

@ Ian

What build is your WinDVD?

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Postby Ian on Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:47 am

Version:
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Postby Ian on Sat Dec 23, 2006 10:02 pm

According to reports at avsforum.com, the new PowerDVD Ultra works great with the Xbox drive.
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