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What Content Will Be Crippled When Output in Vista?

There are tons of people out there not understanding all of this “Vista DRM”, mainly because of less than accurate media reporting.  That’s completely understandable, but lets run down a quick list here of some of the popular content out there.

DVD Rip (DivX, XivD, etc) downloaded from Bit Torrent/IRC/etc:  Output at whatever resolution you want.  No restrictions.  Works the same as Windows XP. Don’t pirate stuff!

DVD Rip (VIDEO_TS, ISO) download from Bit Torrent/IRC/etc:  Output at whatever resolution you want.  No restrictions. Works the same as Windows XP.  Don’t pirate stuff!

WMV HD Downloads (MariposaHD, etc): Output at whatever resolution you want. No restrictions. Works the same as Windows XP.

Apple/Quicktime HD Downloads: Output at whatever resolution you want.  No restrictions.  Works the same as Windows XP.

Videocasts/blogcasts/Internet TV/IPTV: Output at whatever resolution you want.  No restrictions.  Works the same as Windows XP.

DVR-MS (SD) Recordings: Output at whatever resolution you want.  You can still edit recordings, convert recordings, etc unless they are CGMS-A protected. Works the same as Windows XP.

DVR-MS (HD) Recordings: Output at whatever resolution you want.  You can still edit recordings, convert recordings, etc. Works the same as Windows XP.

MPEG-2/DivX/etc Recordings from 3rd Party PVRs: Output at whatever resolution you want.  You can still edit recordings, convert recordings, etc. Works the same as Windows XP.

CableCARD: Content recorded from CableCARDs will follow the same sort of output regulations as HD DVD and Blu-ray.  Not available in Windows XP.

DVD: Output at whatever resolution you want.  If using Component, output is limited because of Macrovision.  Use AnyDVD or like to output at whatever you want.  Works the same as Windows XP.

HD DVD: If is ICT* set; output at 540p if you are not using HDCP.  If using a digital connection (DVI, HDMI) with HDCP, output will be whatever you want always (ICT set or not).  If ICT is not set, you can output at 1080p with VGA and 1080i with Component.  Works the same as Windows XP.** CE (consumer electronics) HD DVD players (regular set-top boxes) must follow the same rules, not specific to Microsoft or Windows.

Blu-ray Disc (BD): If is ICT* set; output at 540p if you are not using HDCP.  If using a digital connection (DVI, HDMI) with HDCP, output will be whatever you want always (ICT set or not).  If ICT is not set, you can output at 1080p with VGA and 1080i with Component.  Works the same as Windows XP.**  CE (consumer electronics) BD players (regular set-top boxes) must follow the same rules, not specific to Microsoft or Windows.

Additions:

DVD Ripping:  No restrictions.  Works the same as Windows XP

Tools like BackupHDDVD/BackupBluray:  No restrictions.  Works the same as Windows XP***

*AACS requires titles with ICT set be marked, so check the package before you purchase the movie.  Currently, no titles have ICT set.

** The content protection framework in Vista will also allow for a more traditional DirectShow filter model of playback.  Right now, playback is limited to within PowerDVD or WinDVD. 

***Though, I have not tested them under Vista, there is nothing to stop or prevent them from specifically working.

via Chris Lanier’s Blog


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