First, I would like to say, James from the Slysoft forum forced us to think back and try to retrace our steps and recall how we were able to playback encrypted Blu-ray ISO's on the 1.0 Prime. It was quite some time ago and we can not recall what movies we had used nor how we had our system configured.
Since we do not have a 1.0 model handy we will have to revisit this later in the week. Fortunately our sales rep still has a 1.0 model. We will pick it up from him in the next couple days to compare the functionality differences between the old and the new models.
So here are the results of our tests on the 3.0 model:
We have a Blu-ray drive shared on a Vista PC over our network.
-We can play a DVD movie disk from the shared optical drive in the PC on the Dune 3.0 with full menu's (AnyDVD NOT running).
-We can browse a Blu-ray movie disk from the shared optical drive in the PC on the Dune 3.0 but can NOT play the movie (AnyDVD NOT running).
-With AnyDVD running we can browse a Blu-ray movie disk from the shared optical drive in the PC on the Dune 3.0 and select and play the M2TS file. However we can not access the main menu of the Blu-ray movie. It seems the playlist file is not recognized.
-A Blu-ray ISO with encryption intact will not play on the 3.0 models. Not from a hard drive connected directly to the player, not from a share over the network, and not from the ISO mounted in a shared virtual drive on a PC running AnyDVD.
It will be interesting to see if we can achieve playback of Blu-ray ISO's with encryption intact on the old 1.0 model, as we recall being able to do so.
Keep in mind a Dune Player is a Blu-ray player first, with add streaming and hard drive playback features enabled via firmware and hardware. Naturally it can play any Blu-ray disk (with copy protection). All the decryption keys are available to allow this. Could the Dune Player 3.0 firmware be patched to allow playing Blu-ray ISO's with encryption? We're not sure. Perhaps James from Slysoft could shed some light on how the encryption keys work?
To be clear the Dune Players will play anything after AnyDVD has removed the copy protection including Blu-ray ISOs.
All this testing made us realize, we tend to forget and take for granted that we would not be having this conversation, if AnyDVD did not exist. I think I speak for everyone on this forum when I say, thank you Slysoft for making the media player market possible.
We will follow up with more tests of the 3.0 model including the performance of PlayOn using UPnP.