The BBC explain how to make HD copies to Blu-ray

on May 1, 2009 by Administrator

HD and Blu-ray are two devices currently being enjoyed by those keen on their gadgets. But one day soon they’ll be the norm and one of the ways this might happen is if the ability to watch something when you’ve missed is there. As consumers we are quickly getting used to media at our convenience, which is why the BBC have just revealed some technical secrets from the world of High Definition.

Following the release in May of the very expensive (around a thousand pounds) Panasonic’s Freesat Blu-ray recorders, which will be the first Blu-ray recordable personal video recorder available in the UK, the BBC have outlined their plans to allow their HD content to be transferred to a Blu-ray disk on such a device for viewing again and again. But there’s a catch.

The Digital Rights Management (DRM) – which is the way in which manufacturers and broadcasters control the viewing and sharing of their content and devices – currently in place with the BBC’s HDTV content means one cannot make Blu-ray copies of the programmes. However, the corporation have just announced their plans to change that… sort of.

It’s very complicated but what will happen is the Panasonic PVR will be able to make one copy of an HD programme and then burn only one copy to a Blu-ray disc. That disc can be viewed as many times as you like, but you won’t be able to make any copies of that copy. It’s hoped this will prevent pirating. Don’t think you’ll be able just to rip the Blu-ray to your PC either in order to make more copies, as that function will be disabled too.

So the BBC are really protecting themselves with recording HD content. They say it might one day be possible to rip the Blu-ray onto another portable device but only if the manufacturer has built in the ability to do so.

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