Still no Blu-Ray/HD-DVD playback in Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by janstett, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. janstett macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2006
    Chester, NJ
    With the arrival of Leopard, is anybody as annoyed as I am that there's still no support for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray in DVD Player? I picked up one of the new LG combo drives for $299 and sadly Leopard won't play either new format from it (despite the HD tab in the prefs). Boot Camp into Vista, use AnyDVD HD (because the card in the Mac Pro isn't HDCP compliant) and the copy of PowerDVD that comes with the drive, I can play both.

    I have to rant -- for the platform that's supposed to be the best for authoring both formats, why the hell is there still no support for playback of either? Why is it that the Macintosh, media maven that it is, is completely silent in this area, while the PC goes along happily playing both? Boo, Apple. You've really dropped the ball on this one IMO, and conspicuously considering (a) Apple's media-centric message and (b) Apple's push into the living room. The end result is I've got this media powerhouse Mac Pro that can author HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies but can't play them. Does Apple really want to be behind Windows in this bleeding edge video area?

    I must say this is the drawback of suckling from Apple's teet -- at least in the PC world you have InterVideo and Cyberlink fighting to top each other. Here we'll get Blu-Ray/HD-DVD support when Apple feels like it, which may be never.

    Can someone tell me if Apple ever plans to support them? Or do we have to wait for 10.6?
  2. Scottcop macrumors member

    May 14, 2007
    I have to agree.

    Perhaps they are waiting until the price comes down? or until the war is over.

    Its a shame as there are heaps of HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies out now.
  3. sal macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    in order for HDVD or bluray to come to the apple platform, apple must bend over backwards for the media companies to allow them to do that. This includes a very large variety of implementations into the OS to allow playback. HDVD and bluray have very strict copy protections schemes, it's not as easy as it seems.

    Isn't apple on the bluray camp?

    I'll assume shortly after apple updates dvd studio pro, to allow the authoring of bluray discs, then we will likely to see playback on our machines.
  4. janstett thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2006
    Chester, NJ
    As far as I know, they are fine with analog (VGA) connections, and also fine with internal displays (macbooks, iMacs). Really that only leaves the minis and Mac Pros. On that front, they are allowed VGA out and the digital requires HDCP monitor and video card, which I would expect to be implemented by the video card manufacturer in hardware, not in software by Apple (I may be wrong on that). Does Apple not properly drive HDCP displays right now?

    Indeed maybe they're waiting for.... something? I know Lenovo had announced Blu-Ray drives for the Thinkpad T61 around 3-6 months ago and pulled them because they haven't been slimmed down enough for the form factor. That doesn't stop them on the Mac Pro and arguably the Mini.
  5. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Perhaps they are waiting until consumer Macs actually include either a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray drive before adding support to DVD for those formats.
  6. polishmacuser macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    what happened to those rumors were apple has implemented in the early beta stages of leopard bluray and hddvd cmon guys its the hd era and they cant get it in :(
  7. adamzx3 macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2007
    NE Ohio
    I agree it is embarrassing that windows will get it to work before OS-X! I guess i read somewhere that OS-X can play HD-DVD but not the protected commercial dvd's..none the less a disappointment.

    On the lighter side you can buy a $179 Xbox 360 HD-DVD player and use it via USB or internally. Too bad for now we will have to boot into windows to play movies :rolleyes:
  8. Scottcop macrumors member

    May 14, 2007
    I'm sure the itunes movie store affects the speed that Apple would move at to introduce HD-DVD, Blu-Ray playback, lots of "people" are saying that DVD's should go the way of the arc (or CD's) and that we should download all our movies.

    Didn't I hear that Apple thought it strange that people still wanted to burn DVD's from their imovies.
  9. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    Personally I'm not surprised there's no support yet. A few reasons NOT to implement it:

    - there's a format war going on, supporting one or the other would put apple in a bad place if the other won. Supporting both would be a lot of extra work.
    - both formats are a LONG way from popular so far. The number of osx users interested in playing these disks on a computer must be tiny, and I doubt it would pay off.
    - Most macs won't support HDCP, so the number of people who could actually use it will be even smaller.
    - A lot of people expect streaming HD through the internet to be the real winner rather than a disk. I guess that will be more viable in a couple of years when net speeds are faster in more places. Note that apple are heavily involved with the itunes store.

    I guess that apple will support one or the other (or both if neither wins) in a year or so, probably with a dvd player update (which they could well charge for).

    For now, I wouldn't buy either as I definitely don't want to buy films that I might have to replace with another format in 12 months. For backup on the other hand, blu-ray looks good if you need lots of space.
  10. janstett thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2006
    Chester, NJ
    There's also a format war going on in the Intel platform, when are you switching to the clear winner, Windows? ;) Apple already chose sides over a year ago (Blu-Ray). Also doesn't explain why they are supporting AUTHORING of both but not playback. If they're so afraid of it, why would they create authoring tools?

    Further, I've been monkeying around with both formats for around a year, they are 95% identical twins once you get past the physical disc format. Same codecs for both formats on audio and video (MPEG-2, H.264, VC1), that's the majority of the software problem. Really they only differ in a few slight ways: Blu-Ray adds another layer of encryption on top of AACS, and they use two different systems for menu interactivity. Other than that they are twins. Which helps underscore how ludicrous this format war is in the first place -- it's not like they are two radically different products.

    One could say Macs are a long way from popular ;) Both HD formats are actually doing better than DVD did at this point in its life cycle. Both formats have also been on the market for something like 18 months. Hardly scary new tech at this point.

    Are you saying OSX users aren't interested in high definition video? Really? Do you want to rethink that? And since when is Apple about making the safe choice and shying away from cutting edge technology?

    Well they'd be limited over digital connections if that's the case. And honestly, HDCP has been a known quantity for several years -- try to find a HDMI/DVI monitor on the market in the last 3 years that doesn't support HDCP. Plus like I said as far as I know this is a hardware function for the video card to handle, and nVidia and ATI are well aware of HDCP.

    Not to mention, the bulk of Macs sold have internal displays -- Macbook, iMac -- so it isn't even an issue for I'm guessing 80% of the Macs sold.

    Yes, yes, that's all nice but useless. I can download HD movies today for my XBox 360 via XBox Live. But I don't do it, because I still like to OWN my movies on disc and disc guarantees higher quality. Same reason I don't buy songs on iTunes -- I want a hard copy original in high quality.

    Right, the iTunes store, which doesn't offer any (Hollywood) HD content or movie rentals... Even Microsloth offers HD movie rentals already on XBox live, today.

    More viable in a couple of years? Since when is Apple about waiting a couple of years for innovative new technology? My iPhone certainly doesn't represent this conservative philosophy.

    Here's to the ones who play it safe, the accountants, the librarians...

    The problem is that's exactly what people were saying a year or so ago. Wait for Leopard. Well I did wait for Leopard, it's here, and it can't play HD discs. Thus my post asking, "WTF?" :)

    There won't be another format in 12 months. It will be one of these two, or nothing.

    And as good as DVD has been, I stopped buying them because I don't want inferior quality when 1080p source material is out there. The only exceptions would be things that I've already started collecting, like Simpsons season box sets, or that for some reason won't come out on HD.

    Anyway, I guess you missed a subtle hint in my post -- I just got the LG combo drive that reads both formats.


    Buy Me

    See, if you make a Home Theater PC with this drive, the format war doesn't matter anymore -- with one drive and one piece of software, you can play both. Just not on a Mac. I'm sensing a satirical "I'm a Mac; I'm a PC" ad brewing in my head. I share Adamzx3's sentiments -- it's embarassing that the king of media Mac is behind Windows in this area.

    It also doesn't explain the HD tab in DVD Player.
  11. adamzx3 macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2007
    NE Ohio
    So all we would need is a talented coder to make an HD-DVD app and a HDCP enabled video card to get OS-X playback? Or could it be we just need an HDCP card to make the iDVD work with commercial dvd's?

    I mean isn't it just Mpeg4 video???
  12. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    yeah i was hoping for playback also. i'm really disappointed that it's not there
  13. gorby macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    I really wish I could use my 360 add-on on the iMac :(
  14. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    Can Leopard burn bluray data discs?

    Leopard defines a blu-ray constant in their disc burning subsystem. Does it support writing to a blu-ray drive without having to buy Toast?

    I don't have access to a blu-ray burner to try it out.

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