So what’s the big deal, right? Certainly, the first-gen players will be firmware upgradeable to support Managed Copy when it’s finalized, right? Uh…
“A player that’s licensed under the interim agreement will not be able to do managed copy,” states Richard Doherty, spokesperson for the AACS Licensing Association.
Even further, Melissa at PC World laments:
Neither Toshiba’s $499 HD-A1 nor its $799 HD-XA1 are firmware upgradeable to support managed copy–in spite of the fact that these units have front-mounted USB ports for some undefined future expansion. Ditto for Pioneer’s $1800 Elite BDP-HD1 and Samsung’s $1000 BD-1000, due out in June and May, respectively.
For more details about managed copy, media compatibility and the first-run of players coming out, visit the article in the link given.
Bottom line: If you early adopt, forget about Managed Copy. It may not matter to you, but if it does, you can now consider yourself forewarned.
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