Originally Posted by opticalc
Is it possible now, or will it ever be possible to build a linux-based system with a blue-ray internal DVD player and play movies directly to a HDTV via DVI/HDMI without having to rip the DVD first?
Not now. Unknown on the future.
I'd be willing to buy an external HDCP stripper to do this, but Im not sure if this will help. I'm just not 100% sure of how the internals of linux currently handle playing a blu-ray DVD and getting the stream to the DVI/HDMI output.
HDCP is not relevant to this situation and a stripper will not help you, as HDCP is only activated on the video card if the software (Linux, in this case) tells it to be-- something I doubt will ever happen. The encryption in question is AACS (and anything BD+ eventually adds), which seems to be pretty weak at this moment. Don't know that there's yet a realtime decryptor direct from the drive. See hackmeister's reference.