So, who’s expecting to be able to play High Definition DVDs on their top-of-the-range home-built PCs then?
Some people are going to be disappointed that their beefed-up box is going to be denied the ability to watch HD DVD due to their machine being locked out by a new kind of Digital Right management (DRM) called HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).
We’ve been able to confirm that none of the Built-by-ATI Radeons support HDCP. If you’ve just spent $1000 on a pair of Radeon X1900 XT graphics cards expecting to be able to playback HD-DVD or Blu-Ray movies at 1920×1080 resolution in the future, you’ve just wasted your money.
The article goes on to explain that nVidia customers will have the same problem, though if you buy a HD-ready machine from the likes of Sony or Dell then you’ll be fine.
I have no idea how this will affect Linux or Mac users.
Way to go, yet another “innovation” in user-friendly product development. One more way to lock-down users into buying over-priced hardware.