Blu-ray Mandatory Managed Copy May Not Be So Mandatory After All23 Apr, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey
Managed Copy, the highly touted digital feature for Blu-ray Disc, may not be included in the final specifications of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) content protection system used on the discs.
Consumer Electronics Daily reported April 22 that the technology, which would allow Blu-ray Disc owners to download their movie for back-up purposes or to watch it on other devices, will not be included in finalized AACS specifications. The final specifications are expected this summer, the news service reported. Calls to AACS Licensing Administrator officials for comment were not returned in time for publication.Content licensing problems were stopping AACS from including Managed Copy, which had been considered mandatory for both HD DVD and Blu-ray, in the final specifications, the news service reported.
However, Andy Parsons, SVP of product planning for the home entertainment group at Pioneer Electronics and marketing director of the Blu-ray Disc Association, said that while Managed Copy is an “understandably complex effort,” he did not believe AACS or the studios have given up on it.
Richard Bullwinkle, chief evangelist for Macrovision, said he too hadn't heard that Managed Copy wouldn't be included in the final specifications.“We do have evidence that some companies might release products on the draft of the spec, which is interesting,” he said. “I think failure to allow for Managed Copy would be a mistake.”A digital copy of Hitman was included with the Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and Lionsgate will include an iTunes digital copy on the May 27 Rambo Blu-ray. Several studios have included digital copies of movies on DVD releases.