[mythtv-users] MythTV and HDTV future

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Mar 7 04:00:07 UTC 2007

On Mar 6, 2007, at 8:53 PM, Brad Templeton wrote:

> The protection on high def DVDs (AACS) is quite a bit more  
> sophisticated
> than CSS on regular DVDs.  They planned for a war with the crackers.
> AACS has not been broken itself, but components have been cracked and
> will continue to be cracked.  They put in a facility that once a  
> player
> was compromised and somebody published a decrypting player, they can
> stop it from working on any new titles.
> One of the attacks, however, involves just publishing a database of  
> keys
> for particular disks.   This one is harder to use, but much harder to
> defeat.  You have to wait until somebody has published the key for  
> your
> particular disk to play it.   There are tricks they can use to find  
> out
> who's cracking disks and disable their crackable player, too, but they
> are harder.
> There are some essays on Ed Felton's blog to explain this in more  
> detail.
> BTW, even playing old DVDs on linux is still technically  
> troublesome with
> the player that comes with myth and decss.    I believe there was a  
> closed
> source dvd player for linux but you don't hear much about it.

The sad thing is that I have no desire to "crack" or "hack" anything,  
I'm perfectly happy to pay for what I get. In fact, if I could play  
purchased disks more easily on my system of choice I would probably  
buy more disks, and I suspect I am not alone in that.

All the efforts of Hollywood do nothing to stop the commercial scale  
pirates, they just annoy the little guys and ultimately reduce the  
revenue they get from them.

But I doubt they will ever learn.

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