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Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2018-07-26, 02:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
I had the same problem with some special...

I had the same problem with some special features. I couldn't FF, skip or use the scrub bar. So I was forced to play from the beginning just to watch the last half.

Another gripe. I hate the 4-5...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2018-07-13, 08:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
Back for my bi-annual rant. Six versions later...

Back for my bi-annual rant. Six versions later and my copy of PDVD16 will not play new blu-rays. I've had an epiphany, if you will. Netflix, et.al. are subscription services that stream content to my...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2016-12-02, 01:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
Seriously? Download a Code to Watch Independence Day.

I thought I had made my peace with Blu-ray. I'd gotten used to starting a Blu-ray 10 minutes before I intended to watch it, just to avoid all the UOP content. I've almost stopped being offended by...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2012-03-07, 04:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
BD Live

BD Live

Downloaded 5-6 minutes of previews and blocked access to the top menu or pop-up menu.

Went into the Windows Firewall and blocked all in-coming and out-going traffic for the CyberLink...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-09-11, 01:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
X-men First Class Blu-ray Fiasco

The digital copy din't work with a 2 year old Mac Book Pro running OSX. It was read as a blank DVD.

The movie didn't play in powerDVD 10. A quick Google search reveals that the disc doesn't play...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-07-06, 06:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
AACS and BD+ and HDCP are proprietary encryption...

AACS and BD+ and HDCP are proprietary encryption and content management DRM. Unecessary but not free.

The Advanced Access Content System (AACS) is a standard for content distribution and...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-07-06, 12:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
I'll go further and suggest that they know full...

I'll go further and suggest that they know full well that this type of DRM is completely useless, but it is a great revenue stream.

And, I'll go further still and suggest that "piracy" is...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-07-05, 09:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
Why bother encrypting BD's?

When True Grit came out with a new copy protection scheme, AnyDVD and DVDFab released patches a few days later. Other than to annoy people, why do they bother? My guess is the license fees we pay....
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-06-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
When did the laywers replace the engineers?

Downloaded the TMT 5 trial. Dolby TrueHD disabled at the request of Dolby Labs. Complete silence on the TrueHD track. The one feature that I'm most interested in is the one I can't test.
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Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-03-23, 01:50 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
In my very small collection of 17 Blu-rays, ...

In my very small collection of 17 Blu-rays,

one was unplayable with PDVD10 or TMT3. But a different pressing worked flawlessly. (2001 A Space Odyssey)
the DTS-HD lossless track is unplayable...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-03-18, 12:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
DTS-HD (Useless) Audio

Road House for $8.00 at Wal-Mart. Once again, cheated by Blu-ray. I was really looking forward to rockin' out with Jeff Healey and the boys only to discover that the rear channels were a full 1/4 to...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2011-01-18, 12:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,863
Posted By Michael DeAbreu
Feel Cheated By Blu-ray

I bought a BD writer for my HTPC.
But, the included software was crippled and would only deliver stereo sound.

I bought BD software.
But, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-D was crippled because my HTPC...
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