Originally Posted by jbm007
Its not a threat, but you tell me how a company as big as Fusion could go thru all the development and manufacturing of such a item if they did not come up with some kind of agreement. Are saying its gray market and not licensed to do what they claim it can do?
Personally I wish K would find a way for us to rip our own UHD disc into our system.
I am firmly in K s camp. I am a licensed dealer for K
I just find it kind of funny that Fusion shows up with a unit in a configuration we all have been dreaming about and the first thing that comes to mind ; its all BS
That's exactly what I'm saying.
The Fusion system is just a packaged HTPC. It's a way to more easily do a gray area disc ripped setup that many here on AVS and other places do themselves.
There's no way Fusion has real licensed rights for their system to do what it does. If you read the old review, it says as such. You have to click through license terms that put ownership and liability on you for the operations being performed. The platform is a custom wrapper on top of some other software like AnyDVD, MakeMKV, MyMovies, PowerDVD, and so on that buttons it all up for someone that doesn't want to DIY it. There's no way they have the AACS keys legally to break the copy protection and do the import, and I highly doubt they cracked that stuff themselves.
"You have to go to the cover-art menu, press the record button on the remote, and then highlight "Yes" to begin importing the disc. Having you click your acceptance puts the responsibility on you, the system owner, to import discs that belong to you."
I did the DIY thing for many years. I still have my 66TB Synology waiting to be sold. I've used every piece of software to rip, extract, and encode as well as any major library manager, movie wall front end, and many different playback devices from Dunes to jailbroken Oppos to HTPCs. I know exactly how it all works. I opted to transition out of that approach and into K for various reasons last year upon catching a great deal on a Strato and having kept my eye on K for many years.
There are a lot of benefits to doing a custom rip your own and play setup compared to K (more content, cheaper cost), but also many detriments as well. The ripping solution detriments are pretty major and risky. A big one being the whole deal is one AACS revision away from being stonewalled, as it almost was with AACS 2.1 last year. Luckily, the Russians still managed to break it (DeUHD), and it only came out on 2 discs and no more since then. I have to admit I kind of miss the DIY solution because I enjoyed the tinkering more than I realized, and I grow further frustrated every day that passes by and K still lacks Movies Anywhere.
I don't want to totally diminish what Fusion has done entirely. They have put a lot of effort into building front end software and nicely packaged hardware, but make no mistake they are a far cry from K in terms of hardware, software, and legally licensed connection to Hollywood studios.
Granted, how they still exist legally does confuse me. I'm sure they have very, very carefully crafted the licensing terms of their offering to skate by some loophole per the above notes, as well as being really niche, low volume.