[kwlug-disc] BD net-capable players?

Kyle Spaans 3lucid at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 10:56:50 EST 2009

On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 10:47 AM,  <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:
> Blu-Ray is one way. Each Blu-Ray disc has the most current list of revoked
> keys at the time the disc was pressed. As soon as you insert that into
> your player, your player updates it's list.
> In short if someone hacks a TV and exposes it's key the HDMI cartel is
> expected to revoke that key and your TV will not work with any new
> devices. It will also stop working with your blu-ray player when you
> insert a new disc. I'd like to see what class action lawsuit happens if
> this ever occurs.

For sure! This sounds like an easy DOS attack. If you go around and hack
every kind of TV you can find (admittedly, a lot of work :P) then you'll be
able to stop other people from using new Blu-Ray disks. That is also
assuming that all TVs of brand X and model Y use the same key.

> You want H264 or Mpeg4 decoding in hardware. Otherwise the fan noise will
> bother you and, heat may cause problems and the extra power drain may
> shorten the life of your power supply.

I have a Zotac ION mini-ITX motherboard with an Atom processor (dual-core
with hyperthreading at 1.6GHz). It claims to have hardware acceleration for
H.264 video, but when I use VLC to watch HD content, it isn't capable of
playing the video at 25FPS. I haven't looked into it too deeply, but I think
my problem is either VLC, or incorrect drivers (I'm using plain Debian Lenny).
That's just a little anecdote for your benefit. :)

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