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More on Streaming DVD's To Extenders

Update: Sadly, Windows Vista doesn't support DVD Streaming.  Maybe one day Microsoft will enable it, however as of RTM Vista will not be supporting DVD Stream from the Extenders.

Matt Goyer posted the bit on Sony's Standalone Changer for $799 and of course is now getting questions about streaming those DVD’s to Extenders.  Matt, as much as he might want to, can’t talk about Microsoft’s future products plans.  There is nothing stopping me however from providing some information on the policy of the issue.

Matt comments “…two things could happen. We could enable DVD remoting from changers to Xbox’s, or we could develop DVD Managed Copy where you ‘rip’ your DVDs to your hardware and stream them to your Xbox. …We haven’t announced plans for either of those scenarios.”

Honestly, both of the issues Matt covers need to happen.  There should be no “or” about it.  I want to cover the one that everyone wants now, which is streaming DVD's from DVD Changers to Extenders.  No doubt a killer feature of Media Center would be to have a single point of distribution to legally send out DVDs all over your house. 

I’ve said before that Vista should support streaming of DVDs to Extenders.  The reason for this is because WMRM-ND (eg WMDRM-ND) was approved streaming of current DVD’s with CSS.  There is no reason why (come Vista) you shouldn’t be able to stream DVD’s from your DVD Changer to your Xbox 360.  I will be extremely disappointed if Microsoft skips this important development.  The good thing is that it should appear, as WMRM-ND should already be supported on Extenders.  All Microsoft has to be is develop the middleware to take the DVD from 1394 (the DVD Changer), and wrap WMRM around it and send that onto the wire.  Some people might remember that Niveus Media is developing a solution that would follow the same type of path.

HD DVD's Managed Copy with Xbox 360 Extender shouldn’t be an issue at all.  I’m sure Matt works on this everyday with since he currently owns the Movies (My DVD's) feature in Media Center 2005.  I'm not sure if we will see a "Managed Copy" like feature for current DVD's, although Doherty did say in the article above that Microsoft was "evaluating" ripping DVD's to their hard drive.  In other words, if Microsoft can get WMRM approved then it might happen.

Published Fri, Mar 24 2006 14:35 by chrisl
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# re: More on Streaming DVD's To Extenders

I agree - for me personally, the issue that you cannot play DVD's on extenders is actually the most important one at the time.

Microsoft allows you to play ripped DVD's, then allow to play them from a NAS device, have several Media Center and stream from one to the other - why should it be that hard to do with the extenders? As I see it, this is a non-technical, but purely a office-desk decition.

When HD-DVD allows us to legally use the MANDANTORY managed copy option, then you legally can put your HD-DVD's on storage, and I would expect that you would then be able to play it from extenders, based on the above being a office-desk decition.

And all, notice that I wrote mandantory as upper case, as this is the exact reason that all people should go out and buy HD-DVD's and not Blue-Ray's, as the HD-DVD's always can be copied to storage (although you may have to pay for it if you rent a movie from Netflix) - the Blue-Ray's have this as an option, and when it's an option, we always know what the studios choose, right? So - skip Blue-Ray's and go for HD-DVD's.


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# re: More on Streaming DVD's To Extenders

Brian, are you saying that you CAN play ripped DVDs on Media Center and then also on an extender?  If so, what software is required (or do you recommend) for ripping the DVDs to a HD?  Also, if you rip the DVD, will the DVD cover art and such be shown in the MC & MCE screens?


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