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Requirements for Managed Copies on Blu-rays Delayed Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2009

ImageThough it’s not likely to surprise anyone, the AACS has pushed back the December 4th deadline which would have required all Blu-ray disc makers to include a managed copy option on every disc. Part of the licensing agreement for the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) back in June was that all Blu-ray discs produced would be managed copy compliant by December 4th.

Companies have been working to meet this standard in good faith, but due to a lacking on the hardware side, AACS is pushing things back until next year. The problem according to the AACS, who control the copy protection method used on Blu-ray discs, is that while the technology to created managed copies is ready, it has not yet been placed into any hardware.  With no Blu-ray players on the market capable of making these full resolution managed copies, there’s no real need for the discs to support the feature.

With this in mind, the AACS has pushed the requirement date back until March 31st, expecting that at least a few devices will be available to take advantage of the feature.  AACS chair Michael Ayers says that he hasn’t yet heard of any manufacturers that planned to include managed copy support, and expects that PCs will be the first to use it.

While this is a step back for the new initiative, Ayers says that it may be advantageous.  When hardware finally begins including the service, he says, consumers will have an “easy-made library of movies to take advantage of managed copy.”

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