UHD UHD Alliance is official

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http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/5/7493099/uhd-alliance-announced-samsung-disney-netflix-others-standardize-uhd-ces-2015
Kim says that the UHD Alliance's goal is to establish a "healthy UHD ecosystem." That includes making sure there's content, making sure that the content looks really good, and figuring out how it's delivered. The partnership is just getting started — it didn't come together until late last year — but Samsung expects to start seeing results in 2015. However, those results may be simple at first. Part of the alliance's goal is standardizing how we talk about UHD, so the early results of this partnership may not be more than marketing. (Here's one good example of why that's necessary: UHD and 4K are generally used interchangeably, even though 4K is a slightly different resolution than UHD).
Those of us hoping for an actual disk format this year can keep hoping for next CES....
 
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I sincerely hope this is hogwash / april fools crap.

http://www.myce.com/news/leaked-emails-on-ultra-hd-blu-ray-format-reveal-very-restrictive-drm-features-2-75561/

Before you can play a disc on your Ultra-HD Blu-Ray player, it needs to be registered online and will then be permanently tied to your player. From that point on, your playback device must be permanently online to enjoy the UHD content. The disc cannot be watched on a different player, unless one of the following exceptions/scenarios applies to you.
 

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Before you can play a disc on your Ultra-HD Blu-Ray player, it needs to be registered online and will then be permanently tied to your player. From that point on, your playback device must be permanently online to enjoy the UHD content.
I suspected they'd implement something like this.
 
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Keith Cobby said:
No better than streaming.
You'd still get benefit of higher audio/visual quality, but it's kind of the worst of both worlds - the higher price and inconvenience of physical media combined with the restrictions of downloads/streaming.
 

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Sam Posten said:
Without an actual optical drive, it doesn't count.
Or any house-undivided about whether the UHD industry is "really" going to be about the disks or streaming.


(It's going to tear 'em apart folks, you read it here first. ;) )
 

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I could see registering once, but these guys should talk to the XBox people to see how "permanently online" worked out for them.
 
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Al.Anderson said:
I could see registering once, but these guys should talk to the XBox people to see how "permanently online" worked out for them.
Before you can play a disc on your Ultra-HD Blu-Ray player, it needs to be registered online and will then be permanently tied to your player. From that point on, your playback device must be permanently online to enjoy the UHD content. The disc cannot be watched on a different player, unless one of the following exceptions/scenarios applies to you.
This sounds an awful lot like the "DiVX Will Never Die" studio dream of a "controlled" hard-disk format where the studio still gets the cut/ownership from the home player, and.....no, they're right, it never will. :unsure:
 

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Sam Posten said:
IF it's true I would hope that nobody would buy it.
I think you'll get your wish if they're dumb enough to make online registration mandatory. However, since the number of people interested in UHD is so small that they can't afford to alienate any potential consumers, I suspect that they'll make a change and it'll be optional. Of course, they'll put a pretty face on it say that they listened to consumers rather than admit that they tried and failed to pull some shit on people. :)
 

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