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Phew.. you stop the news for a few days because you're working nights and weekends and before you know it, 10 days are over.

tsMuxer 1.8.4 supports SRT subtitles without having to convert them to SUP first.

eac3to 2.4.2 supports 16 bit DTS WAV files and fixes TrueHD support for Blu-ray discs.

And then for some high def news: Blu-ray disc sales are up 351% in Q1 2008 versus Q1 2007. However, not all is blu as ABI research points out that Blu-ray's installed base is largely concentrated around one unit and that standalone units are doing rather poorly and will continue to do so. And when the final version of the AACS spec will finally be released, it appears to lack the managed copy feature (which was mandatory on HD DVD and optional on Blu-ray ... does anyone else see a coincidence here?). Finally, we have Netflix making good on their threats to charge more for renting Blu-ray discs. While there's certainly a point to that due to the higher disc costs, this doesn't come at a convenient point in time for the format.

In the net neutrality debate, it seems if anything is done, it has to come from the legislators as the organization in charge of regulating in the US - the FCC - doesn't see the need to interfere (the FCC has been pro business for a while now). Meanwhile, data gathered by P2P based online movie service Vuze shows that that large parts of the net in North America are not neutral anymore and that providers are increasingly messing with your Internet connection rather than to provide the backbone for the bandwidth they're selling. This come right on the heels of AT&T claiming that the Internet will hit full capacity by 2010. Well.. if you cheap *&%! would invest some of the money we pay you every month to upgrade architectures rather than to fuel the exec's X5... Meanwhile in the UK cheap ISPs are still crying wolf over BBC's iPlayer - and BBC responded by threatening to publicly shame ISPs who throttle iPlayer traffic. I can only hope they see this true.. if subscribers realize that their ISPs are messing with their bandwidth and outright lying about the product they're selling, that is going to get to those cheap suits.

Then we finally have some data on the financial part of the industry's lobbying for tougher copyright laws. In 2007, the RIAA spent $2 million to scrap even more of our rights. By the way, that's the same RIAA that is not only suing the dead, children but now also homeless people ;) And at least one technology columnist has had enough - his "A tech lover's call to arms" lists many instances of where established industries try to squash innovation, and pass laws to forbid us to do with legitimately purchased content and hardware and asks that we all stand up against those practices (before it eventually is too late).


The free edition of Muxman moves to the 0.16 codebase with the 0.16.6 release.

DGMPGDec 1.5.0 RC5 honors the full paths option in CLI mode, fixes audio delay calculation, prompts for the audio ID instead of track number in the analyze synch tool and fixes incorrect audio demuxing when demuxing audio only.

ProgDVB 5.14.4 contains an updated Tevii module and has a new module to work with analog/ hybrid cards.

July 22nd is Doomsday - or the day HD DVD's biggest backer (Universal) releases its first Blu-ray disc (yes, the movie is called Doomsday), along with a few titles already available in HD DVD. August 26th will mark the release of the second season of Heroes and Universal has plans to release a lot more during the second half of the year.

And they still don't get it - NBC says they'd like to have their catalog back on iTunes, but only if they control pricing (as if Steve is going to agree to that) and if Apple adds more DRM (didn't they get the memo that DRM is bad and no DRM means more sales?)

On the other side of the spectrum we have Swedish company Headweb - which offers DRM free movie downloads via Bittorrent. And as a bonus for sharing those movies with other buyers, you get credits for each MB you upload. Is hell going to freeze over before we see any MPAA member studio movies on that service?


Koepi has another XviD 1.1.3 build that fixes an error that could occur when calling plugins and could result in the wrong frame being passed to a plugin. Koepi also offers XviD 1.1.3 builds including VAQ as well as an XviD 1.2 (SMP) build with VAQ.

This is a bit older, but noteworthy anyway: While the British arm of the MPAA/RIAA are demanding that ISPs disconnect P2P users, at least some ISPs don't agree and don't look likely to cave in on this issue.

And from ISPs as the good guy to ISPs as the bad guys: according to Virgin Media's CEO, Net Neutrality is bollocks. You know what Steve - so is selling 20 times more bandwidth that you can actually provide. And, a neutral net just needs twice the bandwidth than a managed one, and that's not counting the countless support incidents you'll have due to throttling, management hardware failing and getting and operating the throttling hardware and the additional tech people you need to hire.

And across the big pond, Comcast is feverishly trying to preempt government regulation after they've been caught red handed in messing with P2P connections of their users in a big way. Their latest move is the vague idea of a "P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities".

Is HD DVD back from the dead? Hardly, but a new product called Red Ray could certainly make you think so. However, Red Ray, supposed to be released in early 2009, is supposed to play content at 4K and 2K resolutions, thus leaving any existing format in the dust.


tsMuxer 1.7.6 can open Blu-ray playlist files and fixes some bugs.

eac3to 2.40 shows the frame count for TS/M2TS demuxing and remuxing, has an option to check for container corruption, only shows the title listing if there are at least two titles and automatically selects the title if there's only one, has improved audio delay detection as well as an option to specify the log filename and path and there are some bugfixes as well.

DVD43 4.3.1 is better at handling DVDs with corrupt UDF tables.

SlySoft is once again one step ahead of the studios: Not only should the latest AnyDVD HD release finally do away with that pesky region code on Blu-ray discs even when the disc uses BD-J, but they already support the next set of AACS keys.

ProgDVB 5.14.3 supports channel logos.

H264info alpha 0024 introduces a lite version which has all logging code commented out and should be considerably faster than the standard version.

The PC looks like it's the second Blu-ray player to handle BD-Live is the PC - Cyberlink has announced an upgrade for the end of the month and by the looks of it, even for PowerDVD 7.3

And speaking of the other BD-Live player - the Playstation 3 - it is finally getting DTS-MA support as well with an upcoming firmware.

And speaking of Blu-ray - I recently went to the largest CE store in the region (and one of the country's largest stores at that) and was on lookout for high def. The HD DVD presentations were gone, as were the hard and software. They had 5 different Blu-ray players, starting with the $399 Sharp (a profile 1.0 player), and ending well above $1000. However, not a single Profile 1.1 player in sight, except in the gaming section of course, but the PS3 costs almost $200 more than the Sharp. And as far as discs are concerned - now that the promotional Sony stand is gone, I was able to locate two (yes, 2) prerecorded discs, and at the price of a whopping $47 a disc (and at the other end of the store they sell the latest DVDs for $17 a pop) Blu-ray has a long way to go - at the very least we need regionfree players so you can import those $20 discs from Amazon (like I've been doing.. with the BOGOs I must've paid less than $20 a disc for my entire Blu-ray collection). And still, Sony claims Blu-ray will command 50% of the market at the end of the year. Looking just at the top 20 titles (and keep in mind that there are plenty more DVD titles released every single week than Blu-ray titles), BD held just 4% last week (and HD DVD had 36% of the high def market - these fluctuations seem weird except when you consider the 96 to 4 ratio.. with such small numbers, a few thousand titles can make a notable dent).

The HD DVD return ball is rolling faster and faster with both Amazon and Wal-Mart joining in.

In other tech news, ISPs are once again indirectly admitting that they're selling way more than they can provide. The latest admission comes out of UK ISPs bitching about BBC's iPlayer - an on demand IPTV service by the BBC. Wouldn't it be nice if we could make them pay for their false advertising - and I don't mean writing off a couple months' fees.. but forking over the management bonuses altogether for fraudulently selling something you know you cannot possibly provide.

Those pesky New Zealanders! How dare they defy the mighty US copyright cartels and actually implement the WIPO treaties the way they were formulated in the first place (explicitly giving signatories the rights to define exemptions to the anti circumvention clause). It also rather specifically targets region coding - so when are studios going to give that one up? The bill is still copyright industry friendly, even though the industry will paint this as another one that allows piracy to grow rampant.

Moving west to Australia, the industry is stepping up efforts to have ISPs disconnect subscribers for P2P users. Although, at the moment, ISPs would even have to disconnect the Police since a recent audit found that hundreds of machines are used to share films. Then again, in this case, the officers could put themselves in jail if they want to be really accommodating to the industry.

And Australia isn't the latest battlefield in the crusade against their own customers - fortunately, in Norway, ISPs are not likely to cave to the pressure and gave the MPAA a piece of their mind: In a constitutional state, the police and prosecuting authority have the job of investigating and indicting, not lawyers and communication engineers.

And in another setback for Big Content, the European Parliament has rejected plans brought by industry advocates which would have criminalized filesharing. Of course, there's always ways to bypass the Parliament and railroad measures through other means - it wouldn't be the first time they've done that.

In Germany, even though Parliament passed another law favoring the industry, the beneficiaries are already complaining. They'd like to extend the whole "get the name and address of an IP address to sue the owner" mechanism to extend to trivial cases, and are not happy at all that the cease and desist amounts (in Germany, a C&D can come together with a hefty - and often borderline fraudulent and always way too high - bill that you are supposed to pay even if you comply with the C&D order) have been limited to 100€ (those could be tens of thousands of Euros before - so it's basically the same extortion racket the RIAA is currently running in the US - people settle because they're afraid of heftier fees if they go to court - and many cannot afford to go to court).

Big Content is even targeting China, though they're not going directly after the users yet - their latest case is against search engine Baidu for linking to illegitimate MP3s.

Last but not least - if this idea takes off, you could basically close colleges and put everybody in jail. Forget about P2P, here comes the attempt to copyright lecture notes. So, how much will I have to pay for taking notes during 4.5 years of college lectures? Or go off to jail right away?


tsMuxer 1.7.4 is less sensitive to bad frames.

Blu-ray Region Code Remover 2.3 now also removes PUOs - say good-bye to those forced ads and skip right to the menu.


ImgBurn is "just a small" update according to the author - however, the changelog is massive :)

Blu-ray Region Code Remover v2.1 show now be able to remove region codes from any titles and has been adapted to work with the output of AnyDVD's BD+ removal code.

tsMuxer 1.7.3 improves M2TS splitting in Blu-ray mode and fixes the problems handling certain AVC streams in the two previous versions.

BDedit 0.17 can load and save chapters using multiple PlayItems, supports hotkeys and can check if a new version is available.

So the first BD-Live player (Blu-ray Profile 2.0) is out in form of the PS3, as is one of the first title - and Blu-ray once again manages to underimpress.

Danish telco company TDC has announced a free of charge music flatrate for mobile and DSL subscribers - the offer called Play just has one catch (care to venture a guess? DRM, DRM or DRM?): drummroll please.... yes of course it's DRM. The offer includes 3 out of the 4 major labels (Universal is not on board) and 30 labels in total. Since DRM is being used, plus WMA to boot, your options to make use of this offer are limited though (which mobile phones support DRM'ed WMA again?).

I have to wonder, how long will this guy last? The latest head of EMI's digital business unit seriously doesn't think suing fans is a bad idea and that labels should explore alternative business models. Say what? The industry has been dead set against innovation since forever but still not getting it after 10 years I'm beginning to think they have to go down in flames to get the point this time around - so if the date of the article was April 1st, I'd immediately discard it.

It seems thought he RIAA is already in the process of getting it the hard way - the largest retailer of music in the US is no longer Wal-Mart, but Apple. Then again, neither is an easy partner to work with and hopefully that won't change.

And it even more music industry news, MySpace music is a music streaming and downloading portal without DRM - it's currently limited to 3 major labels (EMI is not onboard) and only available in the US.

There also was some movement in the P2P lawsuit arena this week - one court ruling was interpreted completely differently in the press. A judge did allow a lawsuit to go on while denying the claim that making available equals infringement (both sides hailed this as a victory), and then there was another case where a judge did squash a subpoena to identify P2P users because the mere act of making available does not constitute copyright infringement. Hopefully, this interpretation will be upheld as the judicial standard in the future.


While you need to be very careful with news today - this one is older and it's a good one: Sony, champion of screwing paying customers over and burning down their houses, has been caught with the hand in the cookie char: Sony offices in France were raided in a case of software piracy - so it's all right suing kids and college students, installing rootkits and killing off software that enables fair use, but heck, if you have to pay for software, heck no!


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