Originally Posted by Canuck-eh!
tteich and bjmarchini - Arcsoft TMT Full only supports BD, you must get Extreme for HD DVD support. I have yet to find a BD or HD DVD that doesn't play in Nero 8. Alas, Nero 9 appears to no longer support HD DVD (only has a BD plug-in).
IF TMT doesn't support HD DVD, then why am I able to watch HD DVDs on it? It works. If I was at home, I would include a screen shot of it playing the HD DVD logo, but I am not. You do realize that TMT = TotalMedia Theater? It doesn't list it, but it does play it. The extreme basically includes video editing and capture just as totalmedia does this for SD - I have the OEM version of this that came with my TV Tuner.
I added it in September to my HTPC. So far I have played Rundown, TMNT, Superman, Dune and a few others. The plus side of TMT from what I remember is that is decodes DTS-MA which is something that Nero doesnt (which I found out from experience). the only one that I had any problems with was Elizabeth. I am not sure if was the player or something I had set up wrong. So I just switched to Nero 8 as I didn't feel like fiddling with it.
I do like Nero alot and I think it has the best interface, but in comparison tests, I find the PQ on TMT to be a hair better and closest to my HD805 (close enough that I am considering selling it - please don't PM me for it).
I don't use media center, just XP pro with xlobby 2 and it works just fine for me. Also I have AnyDVD HD installed as I am using a 6600GS which is not HDCP compliant.
I used to add media to my server. I recently took it down and went back to keeping them on disk instead. Just a personal preference. so I use my HTPC player now for music/photos/Direct Optical playback/web browsing and on-demand via the internet (I really like the new HD NBC direct - been watching Heroes on it). For TV, I just use my Cable box for now. Perhaps someday I will get a cable card. I had an HDTV tuner in it, but it ran hot and while I enjoy OTA, I just could deal without Comcast Sportsnet and ESPN as well as the free on-demand movies.
I think it is a rip that they still have to pay licensing fees to HD DVD at this point (or enough to make it worth not including). Of course, taht is what they could be spinning while the real reason may be that the BDA insisted or incentivised them not to include its support.
I think down the road, there is enough support that a player like the one included in the CCCP pack will include its support. For now, it seems TMT is the only one that has not dropped it. PD 8 is out (unless you want to hack it - though the next version prob won't include it), Nero 9 apparrently doesn't, and I don't think WinDVD 9 does either.