Perhaps one day BLU-RAY will get the same treatment as HD VOD early releases. According to the following article the MPAA is pushing to have Early HD VOD releases over cable and satellite shortly after the theatrical release and many months before the movie is released on DVD or BLU-RAY. Since digital cable encryption has been proven to be 100% secure with no security breaches and since satellite services like Direct TV have been secure for around 3 years now, the studios are considering offering 1080I movies either the same day it hits the theater or a few weeks or months later. Before the studios allow early HD VOD releases they want to disable all analog outputs and also disable HD DVR recording features when a consumer is watching the early release. So everyone that is interested in watching early releases would be required to have a HD display that has either a HDMI or DVI connection with HDCP (high definition content protection). This will prevent anyone from making an unauthorized copy of the early release. Note the same early releases could happen with BLU-RAY one day. BLU-RAY encryption with BD+ is renewable and 100% secure unlike the DVD format. I am against piracy but the fact remains there are many consumers that purchase blank DVD dual layer discs for 80 cents or less and then turn around and make perfect 480I digital copies for friends and relatives. It is in the studios best interest to one day stop releasing movies on DVD and release 100% of all movies on the secure BLU-RAY format which does not allow people to make copies of copy protected discs.
Possible early 1080P BLU-RAY releases might becoming one day.
All the BLU-RAY format needs to do is disable all analog outputs on the BLU-RAY player when a consumer plays an early released BLU-RAY disc. This function could easily be added with a firmware update to older BLU-RAY players and all new BLU-RAY players should allow the analog outputs to be disabled as a option. Then the MPAA does not need to worry about people making 480I recordings from the S-Video output of the BLU-RAY player. Of course if early BLU-RAY releases were to become a reality then one might pay $60-$100 for the latest hit movie. Blockbuster could offer the early released BLU-RAY movies for rent for $10 or $12 for consumers that do not want to purchase the move. It would be awesome to be able to purchase a 1080P movie the same day it is released in the theater. Back in the days of the Laserdisc format $100 was common for some box sets. The studios could start offering a two tier BLU-RAY structure. Early released BLU-RAY movies would cost $100 then 4-6 months later the same movie could be released on BLU-RAY for $30 each. Blockbuster could rent the early released BLU-RAY movies for $10 or $12. Then rent the regular BLU-RAY releases for $4. The only difference would be the early released movies for $100 would disable all analog outputs on the BLU-RAY player and would also have no extra features or limited extra features on the disk. Hopefully an early released BLU-RAY with no extras would be a Super bit BLU-RAY disc maximizing the entire 50GB disc for picture and sound.
Perhaps it should, but it would require new BLU-RAY players or a firmware update to existing BLU-RAY players if the BLU-RAY new release feature were to become a reality. I was not sure where to post this info.