Intel and Microsoft Back HD-DVD

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by Josh Ray on September 27 '05

We're back, sorry for the delay, and what better way to kick off the new season of audio and video craziness than with news of Intel and Microsoft backing HD-DVD over Blu-Ray. Yeah, a pretty huge blow for Sony and the other backers of Blu-Ray. Intel and Microsoft join the likes of Toshiba, NEC, Canon and Hitachi as well as film studios such as the WB, Universal, Paramount and others.

One interesting bit of information I hadn't yet seen is a feature called "Managed Copy" available on HD-DVD, though shouldn't be too difficult to put on Blu-Ray. The idea behind Managed Copy is that multiple versions of the DVD are able to be downloaded onto a person's computer to be played anywhere they like. The catch? It can only be done on an Intel with it's "Viv" technology -- hardware-based copy protection.

Interesting stuff. The article from Design Technica has the rest of the details.

Intel and Microsoft go HD-DVD [Design Technica]

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