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post #1 of 12 Old 11-27-2008, 10:52 PM - Thread Starter
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I can't help but think that there has to be some software designing guru out there that could turn my HD-A3 into a WMC extender. It already has an ethernet port and all the hardware you would need, just hack the firmware and allow it to control and receive my stored media from my home server. I guarantee you would sell the crap out of the software as millions of happy HDDVD player owners would love to put there players to use as something besides a second rate kidsroom DVD player for Wiggles movies.

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Hope you're right as it would be nice to see useful firmware hacks but something that radical would take a lot of knowledge and effort. For the forseeable future my A30 will remain my primary HD media player and DVD upconverter. I doubt I'll go BD in the next year so the A30 won't play second fiddle for a while.

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I also use my A3 quite a bit, I wonder if Toshiba could do it. They were in cahoots with microsoft from the get go on the HDVD drive. Toshiba would garner a lot of customer loyalty and support if they pulled a move like this.

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I actually though about authoring a HDDVD disc that would allow you to connect to your home network and access certain media types. Unforthunetly I believe for the "internet connection" functionality to work the disc has to be AACS approved/encrypted. And since everyone will probably need a custom discs (as we all use different ip addresses in our own networks), it'd be a very expensive disk.

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I started a thread about this a while back. See here http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=983136.

Though it is possible, unfortunately I doubt it will ever happen.
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Great thread, too bad Toshibas not interested in making up some lost ground with a software retooling. It would be awesome to get a firware upgrade, pickup a few A30's on flea-bay for $20.00 and network my whole house for movies and tunes. Dreaming I guess, but I'll hold on to the A3 just in case ;')

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I'd be happy just for the addition of Netflix HD streaming, but I doubt even that will happen, unfortunately.
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This came up a couple years ago. I was told by an insider that someone could create an HDi program that turns any HD DVD player in to a media extender. You would have to put the program on a disc in order to run it.

From what I remember, it could play any file video that used the codecs supported by HD DVD, such as mpeg2, VC1, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, etc. And IIRC, the server could be on a home PC or somewhere on the Internet.

Maybe someone can ping an old HD DVD insider like Ben W. or Amirm and verify this. I think the only problem is that you can't just find a free HDi development kit anywhere.
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This came up a couple years ago. I was told by an insider that someone could create an HDi program that turns any HD DVD player in to a media extender. You would have to put the program on a disc in order to run it.

From what I remember, it could play any file video that used the codecs supported by HD DVD, such as mpeg2, VC1, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, etc. And IIRC, the server could be on a home PC or somewhere on the Internet.

Maybe someone can ping an old HD DVD insider like Ben W. or Amirm and verify this. I think the only problem is that you can't just find a free HDi development kit anywhere.

MS gave their HDi development kit/simulator away for free for some time, if I'm not mistaken. I mean the package that was called "Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart". Can that one be used for that purpose?

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See my post above.

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See my post above.

I am not sure about any of that. With various HD DVDs you can access bonus content on the Internet. None are IP specific and I doubt that the content uses AACS encryption (AACS is only mandatory on BD).

Maybe we can find an expert to answer some of these questions.
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I started a thread about this a while back. See here http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=983136.

Though it is possible, unfortunately I doubt it will ever happen.

Please use the existing thread.
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