Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
Doing a Google searh for BD+Managed Copy - the latest news seems to be 11/9/09 which states that yes, after Dec. 4th, all BD's produced will have the required serial number stamped into them (each is unique to the disc it resides on) along with whatever else is necessary to fill the requirement.
No word on any BD hardware that supports it (not a requirement - each CEM decides for themselves.)
I suspect we will see some at CES 2010. I believe Pioneer did show something at IFA a few months ago.
I saw the Pioneer demo. To be honest, it might not be as bad as everyone fears. I think we need two things for managed copy to take off and everyone to be able to load a movie server that will not irritate the heck out of us consumers:1. Free first copy for the buyer of the disk.
I don't mind being charged for a second copy, as in reasonable theory this is your buddy down the street copying your disk. It might even be cheaper than a new disk and save production costs for distribution- if the movie is say, $29.95 an a second through infinity copy is $25.00, then your friend saves $4.95, the studio makes more money as their margin on the disk sold through stores is likely far less than $25.00- managed copy overhead. Also- a serial number could be linked to a specific content server, so if it dies the copy could be remade to a new content server verified as a replacement for the original.2. Do not force the consumer to watch any ads/previews/menus- just let us hit "Play movie" and have the movie start.
I am so sick and tired of the forced viewing advertisements and crap- it really cuts in o the enjoyment of the movie watching experience and is a good part of the reason I copy disks to a hard drive. I this was taken away with managed copy, that would be really cool.
I think anything else will be taken care of by the market- storage space requirements and increases, etc. when all CE manufacturers have the ability to make a managed copy machine.