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September 4, 2005 4:38:04 PM

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Blu-ray players to "punish" users who hack their gear?

Posted Sep 2, 2005, 11:14 AM ET by Ryan Block
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Samsung Blu-ray recorder

Of course the looming next-gen optical format war about to go down
between Blu-ray and HD-DVD might be kind of interesting if it weren't
taking place, well, in your very livingroom. But with talks broken down
and devices starting to crop up, it looks like the first blows will
soon be felt-but aren't they supposed to be hitting one another and
not the end user? Because this little bit in a Reuters piece this
morning left us a little unsettled:

On top of that, consumers should expect punishment for tinkering with
their Blu-ray players, as many have done with current DVD players, for
instance to remove regional coding. The new, Internet-connected and
secure players will report any "hack" and the device can be
disabled remotely.

Are they talking about PVP-OPM techniques and rejected HDMI keys, or
something else far more sinister? Because apparently "A hacked player
is any player that is doing something it's not supposed to do,"
which open to a pretty fair amount of interpretation-most of which

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September 5, 2005 12:44:29 AM

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How do they expect to exploit the mass market if Internet connectivity is a