Well it’s official now HD DVD can be made clean. It was already defeated a while ago by some hacker in Canada named “Muslix64,” but now there is commercial software available that will allow folks to backup their HD DVD’s and make them playable on hardware that isn’t DRM-friendly. SlySoft has put out AnyDVD HD and they say it is only a matter of time before it supports BlueRay as well.
Thank goodness. I am sure the MPAA is crying into their collective cereal, but this is great for consumers. It gives us back the power to use the things we pay for. What does getting the power back mean? Well SlySoft names a few things, you can:
watch movies over a digital display connection, without HDCP compliant graphics card and HDCP compliant display. No need to buy an expensive monitor. Sweet!
Playback your discs on your PC with PowerDVD Ultra, which otherwise do not run
Sure it can be misused, but so can a most things. Online piracy shouldn’t be too big of concern for a while yet though. Apparently a few HD DVD’s have shown up on bittorrents, but they are gigantic, weighing in at around 19 gigabytes per movie.