Corel Mandates WinDVD Update

This announcement from WinDVD is not to surprising considering all the crack announcements in recent weeks. As the article mentions at the end, are we in for a crack-and-upgrade cycle everytime someone circumvents the AACS copy protection.

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The update is required for customers to be able to view AACS-protected Blu-ray or HD DVD content-and that doesn't apply just to newly-released titles customers may buy in the future, but also to existing discs. Corel's mandatory update notice comes with an ominous warning: "Please be aware that failure to apply the update will result in AACS-protected HD DVD and BD playback being disabled."Technical information on the update is sketchy-and Corel is unlikely to release details of its methodology-but at this point WinDVD 8 customers could be justifiably concerned this may be the first installment of a continual crack-and-upgrade cycle as programmers continue to find ways to circumvent AACS copy protection.