Broken DRM and licensing issues may delay HD DVD/Blu-ray popularity, says makers

The reported breaking of HD DVD's AACS (advanced access content system) encryption at the end of 2006, followed weeks later by a similar circumvention of the equivalent protection system used in Blu-ray Discs (BD) by anonymous programmer "muslix64" together with the current licensing issues associated with dual-format devices such as LG Electronics' Super Multi Blue products, may cause a delay in the establishment of a global blue-laser standard, either Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD or both, according to Taiwan optical disc drive (ODD) makers. LG showcased a Super Multi Blue player, the BH100, and a Super Multi Blue burner, the GGW-H10N, at the 2007 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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