I will try to answer some questions from the AACS perspective about recordable media protected by AACS. In general, keep in mind the following facts:
- AACS specifies a protection system applicable to Read-only and Recordable media. AACS does not specify when or where you are required to use it -- that would be up to the format groups.
- AACS specifications are always available online: aacsla website
- In the past, the general purpose of content protection on recordable media was to comply with requirements to protect recordings of encrypted broadcast content. Now, with the upcoming new feature areas of download-to-burn, managed copy, etc., there are additional product areas that will make use of recording protection.
- I am not a BD insider and cannot speak for the Blu-ray format. HD DVD does not require AACS protection for media (it is optional for both ROM and R/RW), which makes it easy for content providers and personal filmmakers to avoid the cost and effort of adding AACS content protection when they don't feel it's necessary. Making your own personal movies (including interactivity) and testing HD DVD authoring are two examples where this is handy.
Originally Posted by rdjam
1) Is there an approved specification available for these "AACS BD-R" discs somewhere that we can view today, or is this in development?
Completed : http://www.aacsla.com/specifications/
2) When do you estimate that these "AACS BD-R" discs will be on the market for regular buyers?
3) What purpose will can regular "non-AACS" BD-R/RE discs currently on the market serve any more to buyers, in terms of home users creating video content??
4) Why didn't the BDA consider this issue before the launch of the format, instead of retro-fitting this late in the game?
The answers to these questions are decided by the BDA. For example, AACS protection is mandatory for BD-ROM discs, but optional for HD DVD-ROM discs. These decisions are made by the format groups, presumably as a tradeoff between convenience, functionality, and piracy protection.
Originally Posted by Chilijohn
Out of curiosity, how much does AACS approval add to the cost of a blank right now or perhaps how much is AACS projected to add to the cost of a blank when such discs are available? I don't recall anything like this EVER mentioned when BD was being pushed as the end-all be-all of recordable media.
The fees for AACS keys are also publicly posted: http://www.aacsla.com/support/AACS_I...rmt_070803.pdf
page 64. It is 2 cents per disc, plus associated setup fees and order fees (which are minor if the orders are sizeable). You might expect there are other costs in the manufacturing process incurred by the addition of the content protection information.
Keep in mind the first BD-RE discs used an alternate content protection system, BD-CPS, so the discs already had CP costs built into them. I am not a BD insider, so I do not know what content protection system (if any) is currently shipped on BD-R discs, but I would be suprised to learn they had none, as they are generally required for recording encrypted broadcast content.
Blu-ray has details up at their CP licensing site:http://www.blu-raydisc.info/content_..._re3.shtml#re3
Assuming this site is accurate, BD-RE discs switched from BD-CPS protection in version RE(key)1, to using AACS in version RE2. BD-R discs always relied on AACS protection. The costs for BD-CPS were also 2 cents per disc.
On the same topic for HD-DVD insiders, is there any similar AACS requirement in the specs for HD-DVD blanks? The price of blanks being kept artificially high due to AACS smacks of an industry-imposed tax on blank media.
The fees would be the same for HD DVD media (2 cents per disc).