Film studios that have switched to Blu-ray may have crowed a little too early because the much-praised BD+ copy protection is an ad absurdum affair now, too.
Slysoft, the company behind the AnyDVD HD software, released today's the version 18.104.22.168 of
AnyDVD HD, which is now also possible to make backup security copies of Blu-ray discs protected with BD+.
This relesae of the Antigua-based company refutes
Richard Doherty's (Envisioneering Group) statement from July, 2007 regarding BD+:
"BD+, unlike AACS which suffered a partial hack last year, won't likely be breached for 10 years". Since he made that statement only eight months have gone by.
Peer van Heuen, head of High-Definition technologies at SlySoft adds:
"Admittedly, we are not really so fast with this because actually we had intended to publish this release already in December as promised. However, it was decided for strategic reasons to wait a bit for the outcome of the "format war" between HD DVD and Blu-ray. On top of
that, we first wanted to see our assumptions confirmed about the in the meantime released BD+ titles regarding the BD+ Virtual Machine. We are rather proud to have brought back to earth the highly-praised and previously "unbreakable" BD+. However, we must also admit that the
Blu-ray titles released up to now have not fully exploited the possibilities of BD+. Future releases will undoubtedly have a modified and more polished BD+ protection, but we are well prepared for this
and await the coming developments rather relaxed".
Van Heuen adds jokingly: "The worst-case scenario then is our boss locks us up with only bread and water in the company dungeon for three months until we are successful again".
Giancarlo Bettini, SlySoft CEO, adds, "We are convinced that today's release will give the high-density market new impulse. It remains unclear just what direction this will take. On the one hand, it can give Blu-ray a boost because the end-user has the certainty in knowing
now that a backup security copy can also be made from Blu-ray disks protected by BD+. On the other hand, one or more film studios may want to reconsider their withdrawal from HD DVD and Toshiba could also
grant the high-density DVD a reprieve. HD DVD certainly deserves a second chance, particularly since HD DVD hardware has obtained a higher market share within the last months than its BD counterpart from Sony. In any event, I wish all those involved a happy Easter from
the bottom of my heart."
AnyDVD HD 22.214.171.124 can be downloaded at www.slysoft.com