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Microsoft Vista means you need new monitors
EVERYTIME Microsoft releases a new version of its operating system, someone points out that it will involve the wholesale scrapping of existing hardware. Going through the specs of Vista it looks like you will not only probably need a new PC, but it will be time to splash out on a new monitor too.

According to a US tech consultant Stephen Speicher, Vista will make protected digital content all fuzzy unless it is viewed on high bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compatible monitor.

He said that the number of people whose display is equipped with HDCP are so rare that it would take a special distributed screen saver to find them.

The missing technology is Protected Video Path - Output Protection Management and while it is a de facto standard for display copy-protection in televisions, so far it has not made much of an impact in the computer display market.

Amongst those that will not have it are the people who spent shedloads impressing their friends with their new Dell UltraSharp super sexy 2405FPW widescreen display.
This is getting rediculous, what next? will you need special EYES with copyprotection tech that makes everyone else who didn't buy the movie see nothing and not letting you see any movie that someone else bought built into them to watch a simple movie?
 

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Well, MS is plotting with the movie industry and the monitor manufacturers who'd like to sell more monitors, nothing new to **** the users.
 

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Oh well... my moniter just broke a few days ago so its not that much of a problem...
 

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Luckily, most users are not stuck with this - I suspect the harder they push, the less of the market they will have a chokehold on.

I note that I can now play 30-40% of my windows only games on Linux as a good sign, though that number is hardly sufficient at the moment to do a total switchover.

Honestly, though - I suspect this article is false, surely Microsoft hasn't gone quite so far yet. If they did... well, I don't intend to pick one of these up, so I may be out the loop for a week until it's cracked.
 

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Just wait until someone releases a patch that removes the stupid protection :p
 

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im with boltzman. like everything windows related, they will always have workarounds. windows vista really dosent look that great.
 

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I never believe anything on the Inquirer...they are as bad as FOX News :p But I am not suprised about something like this...expecially coming from microsoft

Even if this is true, it probably only applies to the standard codecs that Vista will come with. Something tells me that there will be a 3rd party codec that bypasses the protected media check and plays the video normally

I really wish I didn't have to use Windows..... :/
 

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I smell a crack. :evil:
 

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I smell a BS article.
 

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I smell "trouble over nothing"
When XP was announced, it was also said it would require you to do this and that and I never did any of it.
 

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If they push for that kind of requirement I think most people will look for alternative OS.
No way am I forking out for a new monitor just to load a new version of M$ bloatware.
 

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It has about a 99% chance that this article is BS. Afterall it is coming from The Inquirer which isnt exactly the most reputable. Lets wait for microsoft to say this themselves ;)
 

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Lets wait for microsoft to say this themselves
Talk about reputable and "reliable" informer... ;) :lol:
 

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I smell great!
/got nothing.........
 

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Well, this is not crap. In no aspect. In fact MS really puts efforts into those protected paths, because they (and MPAA) want to prevent a disaster similar to the DVD encryption. There has been a good article about it in a computer magazine giving a nice overview about how the technology will work (get some M$ footage here). They are planning to make those HD videos only hi-res playable on DVI devices with a TPM chip. Normal VGA and TV devices will only get a downsampled picture, unprotected DVI devices won't see anything. AGP cards won't be supported, because the en/decryption has to happen in real-time making PCIexpress cards necessary.

Fortunately a small company got their hands on a bunch of those TPM chips and sells (pretty expensive) "adaptors" for your unprotected viewing pleasure :D
 

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hmmmm..Funny, I can watch HD videos on my APG card at the moment...even those that are Encrypted with protections, and it all decodes in realtime with only umm...5%-10% cpu usage....wow...
 

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I know this may be a little inaccurate but the original rumor says that future copyprotected DVDs will need special software and "secure" monitors or "secure" TV screens with a "secure DVD player" to watch it at full resolution, I doubt that microsoft will build that into windows vista but the MPAA may do that to thier movies and prehaps the RIAA will do that to thier music CDs
 

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Could be the plan for the Blue Ray disc. I think I've heard something of it before.;)
 
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