Originally Posted by utjackal
Its a bit naive to think that, well we have it working on hardware A, so therefore we just have to change a bit of code so that instead of it it saying ASUS, it says ATI and now it works on hardware B. Being that two different companies made these products, they could be worlds apart in terms of writing code to support that specific hardware. And being that ONLY two software companies support bit-streaming hi-def movies (that I'm aware of), this obviously isn't an easy task. But as Jason said, it does prove that they are capable, so there is probably light at the end of the tunnel.
There's merit to his point. Having the proper framework in place helps from a technical standpoint.
You must keep in mind that we HTPC users were most likely not considered too heavily. While it is a feature that ATI thinks is important enough to put on the box, I'm not surprised at all that they didn't pair up with a software company to get this working, although I wish they did as well.
Blu ray is still a niche (barely.) Blu ray on PC is a niche of a niche. Bitstreaming audio from a Blu ray on a PC is a niche of a niche of a niche. I'm surprised they put it on the box, honestly. It took three years to get to this point which isn't even as far is it needs to go and whether it's Cyberlink or ArcSoft or someone else who makes this particular small step first it isn't going to matter all that much in the long run (though I wouldn't disagree it would be nice
to be first again.) PAP will be ubiquitous, standardized, and seamless within the OS at some point and that's the end-game that's good for everyone.
K. skimmed a lot of posts since my last one. If I missed something directed at me, feel free to ask again as I'll be reading from HERE next time I drop in to see if there's anything new with Cyberlink/ffdshow solutions.