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Macrovision will acquire Blu-ray's BD+

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Nov 2007 23:06 User comments (12)

Macrovision will acquire Blu-ray's BD+ Cryptography Research, Inc. has agreed in principle to sell the BD+ copy protection to Macrovision for $45 million USD in cash and stock.
Macrovision, for the money, is getting all of CRI's BD+ patents, its ciphers, as well as its customer partnerships. That being said, CRI is getting out of the Blu-ray encryption business for good and passing it on to a company that cares more about it.

To date, Macrovision has contributed to the protection schemes ACP for DVD and AACS. In 2004, the company tried to buy its way into a different area of the digital content protection realm by purchasing InstallShield.

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12 user comments

119.11.2007 23:22

well i hope this company takes a different approach to BD+ than the previous owner...not making it so anti-consumer..

219.11.2007 23:40

wow sony is selling off the home world 0_o

319.11.2007 23:44

Knowing Macrovision and how well, and quickly, their previous attempts at protection have failed I wouldn't be surprised if this is good for BD+ at least from the consumer side.

419.11.2007 23:44

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
wow sony is selling off the home world 0_o
oh wait...not a sony product.....DOH!

520.11.2007 0:08

its not a sony product which is rite but a company that helps sony with the garbage protection. They are still in the same boat to me but yea not a big sony fan myself but i was thinkin the same as Zippy sony has been selling off a few departments. But who knows it might be for the better for everyone involved.Lets hope for the best

620.11.2007 0:12

They could have gave that 45 Million to Spielberg/Universal and we could have had Jurassic Park in HD

720.11.2007 2:00

easier protection to get cracked so we can copy movies

820.11.2007 2:03

Originally posted by shummyr:
easier protection to get cracked so we can copy movies
not if they start using the BD live key system for everything, imagine new hardware buying every 2 years to stay legal its almost as bad as spending 150+ a year on insurance for a car.

920.11.2007 3:46

Quote:
Originally posted by shummyr:
easier protection to get cracked so we can copy movies
not if they start using the BD live key system for everything, imagine new hardware buying every 2 years to stay legal its almost as bad as spending 150+ a year on insurance for a car.
How the heck do you only spend 150 a year on insurance? Did you mean 150 a month?

1020.11.2007 12:01

Why would anybody in their right mind pay 45 million for a technology that has just been rendered useless by the boys at Slysoft.

1120.11.2007 14:16

Originally posted by BludRayne:
Why would anybody in their right mind pay 45 million for a technology that has just been rendered useless by the boys at Slysoft.
Clearly it hasn't been "rendered useless". Do you not think the boys at Macrovision did their due diligence around how secure the technology is and whether it's been cracked?

1219.12.2007 18:26

Well with what Macrovision gets and makes its not very bullet proof soo hence it wont take us long to break it.

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