The Media Center Show Extra #5


The Media Center Show Extra #5 Music, mceBackup and RSS | This week on Ian’s show he looks at the his new mceBackup 2.0 backup tool for Media Center, Big Screen Headlines a RSS reader for Vista Media Center and a look at Music in Vista Media Center.



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No, AACS Was Not Cracked

All that happened was the method Cyberlink to decrypt AACS used was
semi-compromised.  Their implemention kept the key in memory, a key
which is needed to legally decrypt the content protection.  What is likely
going to happen is that specific key will be revoked, and Cyberlink
will have to issue an update in order to play newer titles.  CSS didn’t
have a good way to revoke the keys, AACS does.

Waiting to see what Cyberlink and AACS said happened, but I don’t see that AACS was cracked.

Read below for more…..

Update (1/1/07): Cyberlink Responds to Alleged AACS Crack

Edit 2:  Roundup

From various other sources, here is a basic roundup of what most people believed has happened.   The software released will decrypt AACS when presented with the Title Key from the specific HD DVD title.  The tool doesn’t find the Title Key for you, however PowerDVD leaves the Title Key unencrypted in key.  DO a memory dump and you should (I guess, yet to really be proved) find the Title Key.  At this point the tool does exactly what is printed in the AACS documents.  Cyberlink will likely release an update to stop the key from being kept in memory unencrypted.  After that update has been published, I think their device key could be revoked.  This would mean newer releases would not play without an additional update.  Problem solved.

Anyway you look at it, AACS was not hacked or cracked.  AACS is still intact, what’s not intact is Cyberlink’s method for decrypting AACS.  I don’t see Cyberlink being allowed to leave this unpatched.

Update (1/1/07): Cyberlink Responds to Alleged AACS Crack

Digg Edit: Hey guys,

I didn’t expect this to get dugg, not like it’s really backed up by anything (I guess shows the power of Digg to pick up random stories). I wouldn’t classify myself as a great source of information on this, it’s just my thoughts.  Feel free to digg it down or whatever, just quick thoughts of mine after I watched the video.

I’m sure AACS and Cyberlink will be out with more information in the next week or so.  Until then, there isn’t going to be that much “real” news about it.

Happy New Year and watch the comments and Digg for more. 

Chris

Update (1/1/07): Cyberlink Responds to Alleged AACS Crack



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$99 Refurb Linksys WMCE54AG Extenders Today (12/27) on Woot


Linksys WMCE54AG Wireless Media Center Extender (Woot) | Woot has got $99 Refurbished Linksys WMCE54AG Wireless Media Center Extender’s today.  If you are interested in something that can handle SD playback and only works with Media Center 2005 this is your product.  This will not work with Vista Media Center, just FYI before your purchase.
 



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Best Buy and Exceptional Innovation Go Mainstream With Life|ware!


Exclusive Details: Best Buy, Exceptional Innovation and ConnectedLife.Home (CE Pro) | Julie has been lurking with the details of a new package from Best Buy, Exceptional Innovation and ConnectedLife.Home.  For $15,000 you can walk into Best Buy and pick up a package everything you need to connect your home with Media Center and Life|ware as the core.

  • One z560 Digital Entertainment Center
  • Life|ware home automation software from Exceptional Innovation,
  • One Xbox 360 (which doubles as a Media Center Extender)
  • Two Panasonic wireless cameras
  • One communicating thermostat from Residential Control systems
  • Ethernet/powerline adapters from Corinex
  • Other assorted devices—five dimmers, five switches, two keypads–that communicate over the powerline via Insteon technology.

Read the full story here.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.



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CyberLink Launches PowerDVD Ultra for Playback of HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs




Taipei, Taiwan—-December 22, 2006—-CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, today launched the HD DVD and Blu-ray version of its industry-defining movie player software, PowerDVD. Featuring optimized hardware acceleration for graphics processors, and compatibility with leading HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives, PowerDVD Ultra delivers the ultimate high-definition movie experience on both desktop and notebook computers.

New features for PowerDVD Ultra include:

  • Support for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc playback on leading drives, including the Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD external drive
  • Playback of high-definition Hollywood movie content
  • Optimized performance for playback of high-definition video content on graphics cards featuring NVIDIA PureVideo, ATI Avivo, and Intel Clear Video technology
  • Support for new next-generation disc features, like Picture-in-Picture movie mode, networking, interactive BD-J and iHD features, bookmarks, and advanced disc navigation
  • High-definition audio with support for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD technologies
  • 6.1-channel surround sound, ensuring compatibility with home theater audio systems, and audio expansion of up to 8 channels
  • Support for double-layer HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
  • Conformance to the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) specifications for the playback of premium content through DVI and HDMI connectors
  • Support for BUS Protection ensures premium content protection via VGA systems.

PowerDVD Ultra also offers leading player features:

  • Say-it-Again – one-click DVD dialog looping
  • Read-it-Clearly – moveable DVD subtitles
  • See-it-All – automatically activated DVD time stretching for when mobile PCs run low on power
  • Power-saving settings for notebooks and an onscreen battery meter
  • Five control modes, a choice of skins and interface colors
  • UPnP media player support.

“CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra prepares consumers for the huge next wave of PC-based entertainment: high-definition content delivered on HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “In doing so CyberLink is offering a totally new experience, with even more ways to access and interact with movie content, as well as new support for audio technologies that help users maximize use of their home theater audio hardware.”

Product Availability
CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra English version is available online, and the following languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), German, French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish, will be launched next week.

  • CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra USD 99.95/Euro 99,95

For more information, please visit: http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/products/main_112_ENU.html



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The Media Center Show #88


The Media Center Show #88 | 21nd December 2006 (67mins 07secs) MP3 – 23.0MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Mark Newell, Program Manager from the eHome team at Microsoft about the history of Media Center, the new look and feel of Vista Media Center and what happens when you submit an error report in Windows.

The Vote page is up for The Media Center Show Awards, so get voting now and enter the prize draw.

Have you watched The Media Center Show Extra yet? It’s the new video accompaniment to the show.



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