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Sony to include download movie for PC on Blu-ray


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#1 of 13 Dan_Ohio

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Posted January 07 2008 - 01:33 PM

Sony found something to include on the extra space of a Blu-ray. A copy of the movie to download to your PC and likely IPOD.

#2 of 13 don monteith

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Posted January 07 2008 - 01:34 PM

That would be very cool. Do you have any more information about this?

#3 of 13 Dan_Ohio

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Posted January 07 2008 - 01:40 PM

Here is a link,
Blu-ray Shocker: Sony to Include Portable Movie Files on Blu-Ray DVDs

#4 of 13 Carlo Medina

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Posted January 07 2008 - 01:47 PM

Sweet, won't have to use various third party programs on my Mac to shrink the movies I buy to iPod format! Posted Image

#5 of 13 ManW_TheUncool

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Posted January 07 2008 - 02:23 PM

Doh! LOL, and I thought I'd never bother w/ video on an iPod. Posted Image But if it comes essentially "free" on BD, then why not I guess. Posted Image I doubt I'd have much use for it myself, but it might be a good gimmick to appeal to the masses.

I think I'd only be interested in video on iPod for (mostly older) TV shows and certain other programming where I don't really care that much about the a/v quality and don't mind only watching 20-to-45-min at a time (for portable use). Posted Image

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#6 of 13 Dan_Ohio

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Posted January 07 2008 - 02:24 PM

Sorry guys, we will need Adam or Ron to help verify, but other articles are saying only for the PSP.

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Posted January 07 2008 - 02:32 PM

BTW, if it's PSP, I guess they're not concerned that people will stop buying movies on PSP(??). I can see people renting from NetFlix, et al, and then saving the portable version for their iPod or PSP or whatever... Posted Image

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#8 of 13 Adam Gregorich

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Posted January 07 2008 - 04:11 PM

The most recent copy of Die Hard 4 and Harry Potter (Phoenix) both included a copy of the film in WMV format on the DVD version. Fox mentioned that they were also looking at an iPod compatable version on future releases, but didn't say anything about that being on BD. I actually don't think it makes sense for BD yet since so few computers have BD drives. It makes more sense to be on DVD since every computer could read it and copy the file. I don't ahve a PSP, but as I understand it you would need some way to get the PSP (or PC) version off the disc and onto the portable device. I don't know how you could do that without a BD drive in a PC.

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Posted January 07 2008 - 04:30 PM

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The most recent copy of Die Hard 4 and Harry Potter (Phoenix) both included a copy of the film in WMV format on the DVD version.

Aaah. I had forgotten about this for HP: OotP. I bought the SE DVD (just before deciding to jump into any HDM), but never tried the "digital copy" thing.

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I actually don't think it makes sense for BD yet since so few computers have BD drives. It makes more sense to be on DVD since every computer could read it and copy the file. I don't ahve a PSP, but as I understand it you would need some way to get the PSP (or PC) version off the disc and onto the portable device. I don't know how you could do that without a BD drive in a PC.

Well, like I said, it could be a good gimmick to help sell BD to the masses, including BD drives in computers -- DVD doesn't really need the gimmick now although I guess some studios might think it'll help w/ their "sagging" DVD sales. Also, some players come w/ a SD card slot, no? I guess that could be one way. Something like the PS3 would offer multiple ways as well, eg. USB, general network/WiFi, SD card on some models.

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#10 of 13 Adam Gregorich

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Posted January 07 2008 - 04:37 PM

It wasn't included to sell DVD, but to combat piracy. The studios would rather give you a protected copy to use to discourage filesharing.

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Posted January 07 2008 - 04:40 PM

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The most recent copy of Die Hard 4 and Harry Potter (Phoenix) both included a copy of the film in WMV format on the DVD version. Fox mentioned that they were also looking at an iPod compatable version on future releases, but didn't say anything about that being on BD. I actually don't think it makes sense for BD yet since so few computers have BD drives. It makes more sense to be on DVD since every computer could read it and copy the file. I don't ahve a PSP, but as I understand it you would need some way to get the PSP (or PC) version off the disc and onto the portable device. I don't know how you could do that without a BD drive in a PC.

This is a feature that is built into the Blu-ray spec (and HD-DVD for that matter). You can connect your portable device directly to the Blu-ray player via USB and can transfer the file from there or you can transfer it over a network.

Unless Sony is creating a separate version of this feature, which I doubt, it is not PSP only (though that is what I'm seeing reported so who knows, Sony's comment was a bit vague).
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Posted January 07 2008 - 07:43 PM

Other than the PS3, do any other BD palyers have a USB port?

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Posted January 07 2008 - 08:04 PM

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Other than the PS3, do any other BD palyers have a USB port?

No clue (my satellite box does...), but profile 2.0 requires a network connection.
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