VLC HD-DVD support

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  1. vlawillie macrumors newbie

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    I am wanting to buy into the current HD wars, and I will get the HD-DVD player for Xbox 360, but I am wondering if anyone is in the know about HD-DVD support either from DVD Player or VLC. I really would love if I could use that external HD-DVD for dual purposes, and am wondering if anyone knows when VLC will support HD-DVD or how hard it is to write a program for this. I am thinking of contacting developers somehow, because who would not buy a $200 HD player if we could use it with our macs?

    Anyone know about it?
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    I don't think HD-DVD player for xbox360 can be used on a mac to play HD-DVD, at least for now, the system won't recognize it that way.

    ps, there are also tons of legal problem involved.
     
  3. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Really? What legal issues would arise for someone who purchased the 360 HD-DVD add-on? As long as the person didn't steal it, it's their right to use it on unsupported hardware. Remember this a bare OEM drive in an external Microsoft case.

    Back to the OP, the drive is recognizable by the Finder, however Apple's DVD Player does not currently support HD-DVD playback. Also, no third-party utilities support HD-DVD playback either.

    In addition, the drive is recognizable in Windows XP/Vista using a Toshiba OEM driver, and Cyberlink just released a HD-DVD player upgrade which supports the drive.

    In short, you can't use it on Mac OS X yet.
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    i was talking about legal problems involved the HD-DVD movies, not the player. in supporting HD-DVD movie playback, there will be anti-piracy check implemented.

    again, the HD-DVD player for xbox 360 is ONLY recognized by Finder as a normal DVD-player, it can't play HD-DVD, reason? some people said its the problem of OSX, others said its the media player software.

    Apple's DVD player DOES support HD-DVD, but it doesn't support the "copyright protection tech" with these commercial HD-DVDs, thats what I mean by "legal problems", clear?
     
  5. vlawillie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Your legal issues don't really apply. This is a piece of hardware being sold under a Microsoft label for a suggested context (to play on xbox 360). It is the same as if you were playing DVDs on a drive bought from some third party.

    Also no HD-DVD's have HDCP protection on them yet, so that is not an issue either.

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

    Check this article out if this is new to you. The only issue preventing this drive from playing is software capable of reading HD-DVD's.

    Original question - Does anyone know about when VLC is adding support or about any other upcoming media programs?

    Thanks
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    u need to read M$'s HD BR-disk hardware anti-piracy implement of windows vista before making statement based on totally third party, not legally responsible groups' experience.
     
  7. vlawillie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    anyone have any useful info or just plain educated speculation?? (this is a rumors site, you know :p )
     
  8. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    In that case then I heard from this guy who knows this girl who knows this guy that if you smear icecream all over your monitor then play a normal DVD it looks like you are watching a HDDVD through frosted glass.
     
  9. clevin macrumors G3

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    i just realized there was an thread at VLC's forum about if and when VLC will do that. go there and have a look. :D (ps, i didnt read it, so don't ask me...)
     

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