Looks like Blu-Ray is coming!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by WiiDSmoker, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
  2. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    Whoa... so Steve Jobs misled us?

    I refuse to believe this.
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    FCS has ALWAYS been able to burn to BluRay. Doesn't mean you get OS BluRay support to play them. Nothing in the Lion releases indicates BluRay system support.
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
  5. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Probably nothing more than an isolated case for a specific professional level video editing application that needs to cater to an industry. Will it come to end-users of Macs? Probably not any time soon, if ever.
  6. mac.tastic macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    Its too late for bluray support in the OS. It had to be done two or more years ago. Now its a "whatever" issue since bluray has failed to take over DVD.
  7. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    You could always burn blu-ray (see Toast). It's playing back the content that has been a problem. And only because of royalty costs.
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    It's not just royalty costs. If that were the problem, anyone could make a BD player for Mac OS X and just pass on that cost.

    The problem, I've read, is that the media companies blocked licensing for computers due to piracy concerned. They made many demands of Windows that resulted in changes throughout the system, including drivers. Basically their demand was that the data never be sent in the clear on certain buses and that a deep-level process would be looking out for anything trying to intercept the data. Microsoft made these accommodations throughout Windows to the satisfaction of the studios.

    The same article theorized that it would be impossible to meet the same studio requirements in an open operating system, so that we'd never, ever see BD licenses for a Linux player.

    So in OS X we'll never see a licensed BD player for playing protected content. There are perhaps three reasons for this. One, it might be impossible because the Darwin kernel is open. Two, even if it isn't impossible, Apple probably has zero interest in making the accommodations that the studios demand. Blu-rays compete directly with the iTunes media store and possibly also the iCloud. Three, Apple is probably planning on getting rid of the optical drive from its entire line of Macs some day; adding Blu-ray directly conflicts with that.

    If Blu-rays were a spectacular success story, Apple might have to concede. But optical media sales are on the decline so there is little to no pressure on them for BD playback. The people who really, really, really care have already found workarounds.
  9. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    If concerns over piracy have kept Blu-ray off the Mac, that's so misguided that it's almost funny. These 'best laid plans' to protect Blu-ray through changes in Windows, I can assure you, have been an unremitting failure - I backup all of my Blu-rays through Windows 7 with the aid of decryption software.

    Mind you, the movie industry's had a delusional boner over Blu-ray since the beginning. If only anybody else thought Blu-ray was as grrrrreat as they do, then who knows? It might've sold better...
  10. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    I was referring to Apples licensing costs.
  11. turbobass macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I would hardly describe the current release version of FCPX as "catering to the industry."
  12. Sylonien macrumors regular


    May 21, 2011
    Somehow don't see that it will happen. Happy to be proved wrong though. Have been able to burn BD before, hell they even sell LaCie d2 Blu-ray 12x on Apple's website. But won't let you playback the discs you've burnt (easily).
  13. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    This is not a new feature, FCP7 can output to Bluray as well.

    Doesn't imply anything.

    It also says nothing about licensing costs in since the disks it burns are un-encrypted, and as such, not subject to the licensing that has been the issue.

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