No Blu-Ray tomorrow

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Alright... So it looks like the MBP is getting a DisplayPort and not HDMI. That and its apparent thinness seems to strongly imply that Blu-Ray is not happening for our beloved Macs. Apple would have to figure out some kind of end-around of HDCP with their DisplayPort, and I really don't see that happening.

    I guess we're stuck with 720p movie rentals on the ATV only, and TV shows for purchase. Bummer.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    its not over till its over

    i dont care for blu-ray for videos as most if not all laptop monitors cant even support 1080p so im fine with 720p on my laptop. i do want blu-ray burning capability though
  3. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    DisplayPort supports HDCP and is backwards compatible with DVI/HDMI.

    The signal is not technically compatible, but DisplayPort can pass an optional HDMI-compatible signal through.

    Intel has even abandoned their support of HDMI in favor of DisplayPort. So, I suppose it's the future.

    In fact, it has to be compatible because how is the new MacBook Pro going to hook up to DVI and VGA-enabled projectors and/or external displays?

    Maybe Apple will release DisplayPort to HDMI, DisplayPort to VGA and DisplayPort to DVI adapters.
  4. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Well that's good to hear. So conceivably Apple could come out with an external Blu-Ray drive, say by USB2, which could then be incorporated into the HDCP chain? If so, can those DisplayPort to HDMI adapters preserve the HDCP, or would that be unnecessary (i.e., the HDMI monitor/TV would "agree" to play the Blu-Ray video)?
  5. hualon macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Seconded. I have about 1.5 TB of media and documents to back up and that's a LOT of DVD-R discs.
  6. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Steve poo poo'ed HDMI in the Q&A session. So, no HDMI adapter. He also called Blu-ray "a bag of hurt."
  7. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I really believe DisplayPort is the way to go, though; so long as there are HDMI adapters.
  8. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I wonder if Steve Jobs ever watched a Blu-Ray movie at his fancy house?
  9. ajzman macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2008
    Cant believe there is still NO option at all for built-in Blu-ray reader (or burner) in MB/MBP?! I can understand if the "majority" of Apples customers doesnt care about this, but some of us (=videophiles :cool: ) surely do, and would really have liked THE OPTION to at least having a BD-reader in the 15 inch MBP-model - instead of the ordinary "superdrive".

    Steve Jobs "excuse" for not having support of BD (or HDMI) was just lame and Im very dissapointed of this update... :(
  10. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    No, because all of his computers and TVs have glossy displays, which suck big-time.
  11. fivepoint macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    You mean like every Plasma TV known to man? ;) Plasma's rule, Cave Man!

    Seriously though, I really hope Apple gets on board with Blu-Ray sooner rather than later. I really would like to start ripping some HD content!
  12. tom. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2007
    So disappointed. HD Downloads are nowhere near ready to take on optical media.

    How hard can it be for them to incorporate blu-ray, everyone else is managing!?
  13. CMD is me macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    Ditto the disappointment. I would have considered upgrading my MBP if so. Hate the thought of using an external BD burner (seems very 1999), but might be going that route. I do agree with the belief that DVDs are possibly a dying media, but streaming HD is not yet ready for prime time while 1080i/p is here.
  14. webraider macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2005
    Actually you guys are wrong. It fully supports all the specs of Blu-Ray including the copy protection stuff that's required, since it's been updated not too long ago. this is why PC's that ship with it can view Blu-Ray on them already. Apple was wise to do this because it was the biggest issue in the way of them having Blu-Ray on their hardware. Please note version 1.3

    Here's the information from the website:

    DisplayPort 1.1 adds support for High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) version 1.3. HDCP support enables viewing of protected content from Blu-ray and HD-DVD optical media over DisplayPort 1.1 connections (the movie studio's are loving this!). In addition, it also offers DisplayPort Content Protection (DPCP) which was developed by Phillips and includes support for 128-bit AES encryption.
  15. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Uhh, yeah. That was all clarified three days ago. But I suppose since this thread is so long you must have missed it. :rolleyes:

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