SlySoft announced this morning that it has released a new version of AnyDVD HD that can remove BD+ protection from Blu-ray discs, including those released by Twentieth Century Fox.
Film studios that have switched to Blu-ray may have crowed a little too early because the much-praised BD+ copy protection is an ad absurdum affair now, too. With today's release of version 6.4.0.0 of AnyDVD HD it is now also possible to make backup security copies of Blu-ray discs protected with BD+.

Richard Doherty of the Envisioneering Group will have to revise his statement from July, 2007 regarding BD+: "BD+, unlike AACS which suffered a partial hack last year, won't likely be breached for 10 years". It is worth mentioning that since he made that statement only eight months have gone by.
If you want to check out the latest version of AnyDVD, it can be downloaded from SlySoft's website. Otherwise, SlySoft's entire announcement can be found here. Add a comment
TMPGEnc announced today that it has added MovieStyle to its software lineup. Using this new software, users can easily convert their video clips for use on popular digital devices such as the iPod/iPhone, Zune and PSP.
TMPG, Inc. (www.tmpg-inc.com), the company that makes digital video easy, has added TMPGEnc MovieStyle to its software lineup. It allows users to easily convert video clips for use on 11 popular digital devices from portables such as the iPod and PSP to full HD devices such as Sony's Playstation 3. The free trial will be available for download on March 27th at www.tmpg-inc.com. The full retail version will be available shortly thereafter at $39.95 per license.

"More and more, people are using digital devices to watch their favorite video clips, whether it's portable devices or video game consoles," remarked Kimi Matsuki, TMPG CEO. "With MovieStyle, users can easily convert video clips for these devices without any video encoding knowledge. That means users of any age, experienced or inexperienced, can use this software to convert video for portable or HD devices. We like to say, MovieStyle: your movies, your digital lifestyle."
As their press release points out, a free trial will be available on March 27th and the retail version will be available shortly thereafter for $39.95. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Roxio sent out a press release this morning, announcing the launch of Toast 9 Titanium. Toast 9 offers a number of new and improved features including HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc support, audio fingerprinting and the ability to stream video content directly to the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, redefines Mac burning yet again with the introduction of Toast 9 Titanium. Toast 9 allows consumers to record high-definition content from high-definition (HD) camcorders and favorite HD programming from TiVo DVRs and Elgato’s EyeTV devices to Blu-ray Disc (BD). Users also have the option to burn HD video and slide shows on standard DVDs. For on-the-go entertainment, Toast 9 introduces Roxio Streamer. Streamer allows users to stream video content stored on their home Mac to a Wi-Fi connected iPhone or iPod Touch or any Internet connected Mac or PC. Already the first choice for music fans wishing to create great sounding CDs and DVDs, Toast 9 offers the ability to capture streaming audio for recording Internet radio. Another Toast innovation allows captured music tracks to be automatically tagged with song titles, artist or other related information.
Toast 9 Titanium is available directly from Roxio for $99.99 and will hit retail outlets later this month. The High Definition/Blu-ray Disc (HD/BD) plug-in, which is needed to author BD video, is sold separately for $19.99 and is available free for those who purchase Toast 9 online at roxio.com through April 13, 2008. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Corel sent out a press release this morning, announcing the latest release of its WinDVD software. Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray offers a number of new features including a more user intuitive interface, upscaling of standard DVD's and enhanced Blu-ray Disc playback.
Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today announced the latest release of Corel WinDVD, the world's number one DVD and video playback software on PCs. Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray features a new, more intuitive user interface, new video technologies including advanced upscaling that enables users to create near-high-definition viewing with standard-definition DVDs, enhanced Blu-ray Disc playback, as well as the latest in high-definition surround sound for the ultimate viewing experience. With more than 200 million units shipped worldwide, WinDVD remains the industry standard for DVD, video and Blu-ray Disc playback.

"WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is designed for the movie buff, frequent flyer and those who want a superior video and audio playback experience in one easy-to-use solution," said Jeff Hastings, President and General Manager, Digital Media at Corel. "More and more people are adopting the latest high-definition technologies such as Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD. With WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray, users will have access to the latest Blu-ray Disc playback capabilities including BonusView as well as revolutionary upscaling technology that enables users to create near-high-definition viewing with standard-definition DVDs."
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is priced at $99.99 and is available now through Corel's website. The software will also be hitting retail outlets over the coming weeks. If you'd like to read more, Corel's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Nero released a new version of Nero 8 this morning. There is no change log yet. However, this new update brings the version count up to 8.3.2.1. If you'd like to check it out, the update can be downloaded here. As usual, feel free to share your experiences in our forum. Add a comment