First Blu-ray drive won’t play Blu-ray movies

The first Blu-ray (BD) disc drive for desktop PCs is here, but be warned — it won’t play commercial BD movies.

Sony officially announced its BWU-100A product at its “Experience More 2006” event in Sydney yesterday, all the while acknowledging that there’s significant room for improvement before the product is viable for integration into media centre PCs.

Vincent Bautista, Sony’s product manager for data storage, told CNET.com.au that due to copy protection issues and lagging software development, the drive will only play user-recorded high-definition content from a digital camcorder, and not commercial movies released under the BD format. 

Bautista is optimistic that both issues will be resolved “soon”, and says that despite not being able to play commercial content, the drive is still useful as a “storage device”…

Unbelievable!  Yagu over at SlashDot comments:

“If companies from the past behaved as companies today:

  • Transistor radio announced. Will not play radio transmissions other than those from owners’ transmitters.
  • Color TV! All Shows reproduced in realistic black and white (those are colors, aren’t they?)
  • 100,000 mile car tires! Guaranteed for 10,000 miles!
  • 10-speed bicycles! (speeds are produced by owner pedaling at various cadences)
  • Stereo Hi-Fi! Two channels of high-fidelity sound through one speaker!”

 I think issues like this are just going to increase the demand for downloadable movies, and hasten the demise of “Disc Media” as the primary means of movie watching.

Check Out the CNET article for more details.

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