Originally Posted by Princess Aurora
I'm surprised no one has posed this thought yet:
It's a good point, one that I (and others) had made above, and in a number of posts on the other thread that, uh, "went on vacation..." ")
perhaps the way BD regions are locked to a drive are very similar to how DVD regions are. A DVD player's region is tied to the optical drive, located in the drive's firmware...
this is exactly what has been surmised, that the lock is far more stringent, and tied to BD region coding (and thus not circumventable without opening up BD multiregion playback). That said, in the end it's all software (the daughterboard hardware "addition" would fool the internal software into thinking that the hardware is of one type rather than another... make sense? In other words, it's hardware with software onboard to fool the players software
I'm =not= advocating this, or even suggesting it's possible (or desireable), I'm just trying to lay out that in the end there's a software call to determine whether a particular disc is playable or not, determined by the specific firmware of the chip that's used to authenticate playback. These are programmable chips, in the end, and I'd be flabbergasted if somehow they built region coding into a chip that couldn't, via FW updates, be told to do whatever they want it to do.
If Oppo came out and said, quite frankly, that due to the fact that the restrictions on BD region-locked playback are intimitely entwined in the code of SD region locking, then it would remain questionable (why would they share a single line of code?), but at least make some sort of sense. What we've got, however, is that it's a -policy- lock demanded by the BDA, that somehow if they don't implement SD locking on this one that they'll be denied a license for -future- players.
I'm not a software engineer, or lawyer, or anything more than an enthusiast like many of you... I have no idea if I'm right about any of the politics, and it's entirely drawn from snippits of information gleaned from CSR releases and hints from Beta testers. For all I know, beyond this being a done deal politicall, it's an imposibility in terms of the engineering, and that this particular unit would simply not function without tying SD and BD locking tied to one another. I'm doubtful, but I leave it out there... That said, I'd personally find it astounding to find even a scrap of region locking code shared between SD and BD, and that, in the end, this is a decision made by Oppo, or by the BDA, depending on where you wish to shoulder the blame... (not, it appears, with the formal DVD-forum, which, of course and naturally, shares many members with BDA).
The other option here is that the SOC that they're using is itself pre-setup to lock BD/SD playback, and Oppo does not have access to that part of the chip's operating procedures. I'm not even sure that's a possible scenario, but, if so, that means that no other player using this SOC would be capable of EVER playing non Region 1/A titles in non-North American players, something that I find too fantastical to believe... The cost and development of SOC surely means that they would want it used in many regions, and if the software can be factory set to one region, is surely can be set to another...
Again, all conjecture - unfortunately, we have little to go on other that these scraps. Hopefully somebody with a better instinct for the politics of this issue can chime in and settle some of these (semi-educated) guesses...
Where's Amir when we need him...