Blu-ray Licensing to Get Easier and Cheaper

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AlleyInsider speculates that licensing changes to Blu-Ray could pave the way to Mac support for the High Definition drives.
    The new streamlined process will reportedly cut the total cost of royalty payments by 40 percent. Apple's Steve Jobs specifically cited complicated licensing issues as one of the hurdles to adopting Blu-Ray in Apple's own computers.

    Of interest, Apple's recent inclusion of HDCP copy protection in their newest laptops could also help pave the way for support of the HD disc format.

    Article Link: Blu-ray Licensing to Get Easier and Cheaper
  2. Colin20 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I'm starting to care about having a Blu Ray drive in my Mac now because I finally got an HDTV a month ago. Now that I'm buying my movies on Blu Ray instead of DVD, I have no way of ripping them to my iPod.
  4. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Great News. Looking forward to Blu Ray being incorporated into future macs.
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  6. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Blu-Ray is a borndead standard and this move just proves it. They are desperate to sell DRM-ridden discs to people that could not care less about a marginal increase in image quality.
  7. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Minis with Blu-ray drives... :eek:

    (runs off screaming...)
  8. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    The only useful use for blu-ray is for data backup, and macs can do that already using an external blu-ray drive or one of these which you can build into your Macbook Pro:

    ok so we cant watch blu-ray movies, but id rather buy them in the iTunes store anyway. I think Apples trying to move away from disc media as it goes away from their whole iPod digital media philosophy.

    To be honest there isn't much point watching blu-ray on a screen smaller than 30 inches anyway.
  9. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    But Apple will still charge $300+ for the Blu-ray drive option =\
  10. champ01 Guest

    not only movies how about programs

    I have Logic Studio and Final Cut Studio and both are 8 dvd's

    and you don't mention one word about gaming..

    because games and movies are gonna be sold on one blu ray
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    next excuse: the drives aren't slim enough in the slot loading variety or something along those lines.

    i don't really care either way personally. but its about time for the data retention purposes at least.
  12. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Sounds good. While I know Apple probably won't do this any time soon since it would cut into its iTunes sales, I hope they eventually put Blu-Ray drives in their computers. Blu-Ray movies (as well as DVDs) have special features (and are of a higher resolution) than the movies you can get from iTunes. That's one thing I don't like about the iTunes store (although, I can see how downloading a 1080p movie + special features would take a long time).

    Ragardless of movies, Blu-Ray discs can be a good backup measure/data storage device since it holds so much more than DVDs.
  13. Evan_11 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2004
    For all those saying that Blu-ray is not needed please let it go. You're probably not interested in the extra storage capabilities nor are interested in a authoring HD media.
  14. 081440 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey

    I agree! FCP installs are intense, not only for the computer but all that CD swapping and little paper envelope stuffing.

    I never watch movies or the like on my Mac. But wouldn't mind the option... Apple will wait though... we know this.
  15. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  16. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Finally, I hope this may result in a new MacBook Pro in July with a Blu-Ray player/writer on board... The 50Gb backup possibilities are very interesting. I always photograph on RAW format, and I'd like to keep everything I shoot so a lot of storage on a single disc would be perfect :)
  17. Jetson macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2003
    I wish that HD-DVD had won the contest. Blu-ray may be a better technology, but none of the studios are actually using all that extra storage space. Blu-ray movies are bare bones. Few movies have alternate endings, profanity-free audio tracks, or any of the other carrots that Blu-ray promoters used to dangle.

    HD-DVD didn't have the greed driven, annoying region coding that Blu-ray does. Certain movies have been available for years on Blu-ray overseas (Britain, France, Germany) but not in the U.S.A. We can't use those disks here in the U.S. because they are coded region 2.
  18. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    And downloaded purchased media isn't????

  19. skeep5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2006
    That'd be Half a bag o' hurt.
  20. jcb10 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    While that point is very much true, I'd have to agree with the earlier poster who was frustrated that he just bought a HDTV and all of his purchases are now on Blu-Ray, but now he can't put them on his Mac.

    We shouldn't have to buy movies twice -- we don't have to buy songs on both CD and through iTunes, do we?
  21. Pnut13 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Some people actually prefer owning a physical copy of a movie, and if w3e want the "slightly better" image capibility of BR disks, us as apple owners should have the right to burn BR disks on our macs....without having to run bootcamp and burn BR on Windows. Sometimes people like to save things on more than a (external) hard drive.
    No matter how much apple wants us to download, there are some people like me that want more than one option!
  22. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Hah I remember when CD-ROM drives first started to become common on computers and people were like, WOW games will fit on only one disk now!

    Trust me, in 5 years or so we will see games on multiple blu-ray disks. Same with applications too.
  23. BJWanlund macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    There's also an environmental impact if Apple puts Blu-Ray drives in their computers: Blu-ray movies use less plastic for its packaging and its actual media. Less plastic = lower carbon footprint.

  24. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    I totally didn't think about that, but yeah thats right, not something that occurred to me before.

    I do think with constantly increasing internet speeds (by 2020 the average speed will be 32MB) then people will be able to download blu-ray movies from the itunes store in about 15 mins and we wont bother with solid media. We will download it on our Macbooks, and then wirelessly stream it to the Apple TV connected to our 40" High Def TV's.

    Not with 32MB broadband, people will just download them legally from the iTunes store or Steam. Downloading and streaming are the future :)
  25. pkoch1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    I've said this before, and so have others but it still needs to be said:


    I don't want to have to buy a Blu-Ray disk for my TV and a DVD for my iPhone/computer/appleTV

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