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This was bound to happen sooner or later. A member of the Doom9 DVD conversion forums has just released his first build of "BackupHDDVD", a tool used to decrypt AACS copy protection (found on HD-DVD based movie discs). Just goes to show, no matter how supposedly strong the protection is, it's gonna be cracked eventually.
There is a catch with this however, the program is not able to grab the cryptographic key which is first needed to be able to decrypt the actual movie, you are required to add your own keys once you've determined what they are. Apparently the key is encrypted on the movie disc which when played becomes decrypted somehow, as for being able to obtain that decrypted key for use with BackupHDDVD is anyone's guess just now.
Today our friends at CyberLink in Taiwan let us know that they've launched their latest version of their popular DVD playback software called PowerDVD Ultra.
The new version is called "Ultra" and includes fully GPU hardware accelerated playback of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies. You can pick up a copy for $99 USD just in time for the holidays.
Taipei, Taiwan----December 22, 2006----CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, today launched the HD DVD and Blu-ray version of its industry-defining movie player software, PowerDVD. Featuring optimized hardware acceleration for graphics processors, and compatibility with leading HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives, PowerDVD Ultra delivers the ultimate high-definition movie experience on both desktop and notebook computers.
We are working with CyberLink on this software and will have an article online soon about the whole HD DVD scenarios next week after Christmas.
TV Tuner card specialist "Hauppauge" have just extended their WinTV range with the new WinTV-HVR-3000. It has the ability to tune into DVB-S, DVB-T, and analog cable as well as FM radio.
Hauppauge has released a new addition to its WinTV product lineup: the WinTV-HVR-3000. The new WinTV-HVR-3000 can tune into three different video sources.
The new tri-mode TV tuner can decode DVB-S satellite, DVB-T terrestrial and regular analogue cable sources. The new tuner also supports FM, DVB-S and DVB-T audio broadcasts.
In terms of recording the WinTV-HVR-3000 can store audio and video in MPEG2 or MPEG1 formats. Hauppauge bundles its own WinTV application with WinTV-Scheduler for automated recording features. Automated recording features are also backed by a 7-day electronic program guide too. An IR remote is also included for use with the Hauppauge WinTV software as well.
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How's this for "wow" material. A uni student in India thinks he has found a way to store up to a whopping 450GB of data onto............wait for it.......................A PIECE OF PAPER!
Abideen, who hails from the Kerala, India, claims that that his Rainbow system is better than a binary storage because instead of using ones and zeros to represent data, Abideen uses geometric shapes such as squares and hexagons to represent data patterns. Color is also used in the system to represent other data elements. According to Abideen, all that's required to read the Rainbow prints is a scanner and specialized software.
Though in very early stages of development, there doesnt appear to be anything major getting in the way of this yet to be proven technology.
For the full rundown on it have a read of this article over at the DailyTech peeps.
According to a report from the Arab News, a university technology student named Sainul Abideen has invented a method of storing massive amounts of digital data on a plain piece of paper that he claims could store many times the capacity of the best Blu-ray or HD-DVD discs. In fact, Abideen says that his Rainbow technology can enable him to store from 90 to 450GB on a piece of paper. As far as a real life demonstration of a 450GB paper goes, the technology still needs development.
ProLink have just further complimented their PixelView PlayTV family of digital TV capture cards with the PixelView PlayTV Cinema BX1500 and BX2500 models. Both cards are designed for the pci-e x1 interface and are fully Vista certified in both 32bit and 64bit environments.
For full details on them including a specs sheet, have a read of the official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan -- World leading VGA & Multimedia manufacturer, PROLINK Microsystems Corporation today announces "PlayTV Cinema BX1500 and PlayTV Cinema BX2500". They are hi-tech products with the next generation interface "PCI-ExpressX1" and Windows Vista certification. PCI-Expressx1 interface provides greater bandwidth to direct data flow quickly and shows high definition resolution. Then, Microsoft Windows Vista integrates multimedia function into PC or Notebook. PixelView PlayTV Cinema series have been certified for Windows Vista 32 bit/ 64 bit. We get ready to bring PC users to experience the next generation technology.
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Been saving up for a nice big widescreen TV? Might want to consider one of these bad boys from Philips. They've just announced 2 new ones today, the LCD based 47PF9441D and plasma based 63PF9631D, each 47" and 63" respectively. They'll both also handle 1080p resolutions... MMmmmm yummy!
For full details incl. pricing, grab the official PR here folks.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Philips introduced today at the Electronic House Expo (EHX) a 47" LCD 1080p television, along with a 63" Plasma model. As the demand for flat-panel TVs continues to escalate to new heights, Philips' new 47PF9441D and 63PF9631D FlatTV sets offer consumers expanded sizes for larger than life entertainment.
The future of television is flat, with DisplaySearch estimating that approximately 79 percent of overall TV sales in volume will be flat in 2008. That figure climbs to almost 92 percent in 2010. Additionally, DisplaySearch indicated that Philips is the leader in LCD TV sales worldwide.