More bad news for consumers: PC World is
reporting that the first generation of high definition optical disc players will not allow content to be copied or
streamed to other discs or devices thanks to their implementation of the AACS interim standard -- with
the "interim" part meaning that it lacks provisions for managed copy. So even though the content that you buy
for your brand new Toshiba HD-A1 /
HD-XA1 HD DVD or Pioneer
Elite BDP-HD1 / Samsung BD-P1000
Blu-ray player (or players, if you're really hardcore) will work on future-gen machines, and media with the
finalized AACS protection will likewise be backwards compatible with your device, early-adopters will be unable to do
much more than enjoy all that HD goodness on stationary displays until both a hardware and software hack are in place, it would seem.
Still, if you've gotta catch the great selection of movies
available at launch, at least try scoring a replacement warranty for your first-gen player because you know
how these types of products have a tendency to "break" at just about the same time that they're replaced
with something better.