Sony's First Blu-ray Drive Not Playing Movies

By Dave

Surprise, surprise, it looks like the delay of Blu-ray drives in North America was not without reason, as the folks elsewhere in the world are having troubles with the Sony BWU-100A, an internal PC optical drive that is for reading and writing Blu-ray discs.

The problem with the drive is simple, it can’t play Blu-ray movies. Aparently, they are blaming the lack of HDCP-compliant graphics cards, and their is no software for playing Blu-ray movies, other than the OEM version of Intervideo WinDVD BD that ships with the Sony VAIO AR laptop.

Engadget with more details:

If we were smarter, we’d realise the logic behind releasing products so saddled with rights management that they can’t even play back the media they were built for. Luckily, Sony says they’re optimistic about resolving both issues soon, and that for now the device is still 100% functional for storage (hooray), and can play back your own home-burnt movies as well (as well as Blu-ray flicks that are HDCP-free). All this can be yours, you lucky Australian you, for a mere AU$1,399, or about $1,075 US.

You have to love Sony.

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