It's been so long since we've heard anything serious about audio watermarking that we were beginning to worry, but for the hackers up for yet another challenge in the realm of high-definition film, your brief wait is (nearly) over. Verance Corporation has just announced the immediate availability of its audio watermark technology for licensing by manufacturers of Blu-ray and HD DVD players and components, which means that users will likely face another layer of content protection when trying to free their movies from the bondage of DRM. No word just yet on a timeframe in which this stuff will actually make its debut, but it is noted that the AACS is "is expected to release final license agreements requiring the inclusion of VCMS/AV detector technology in HD DVD and Blu-ray players in the coming months."

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Verance rolls out audio watermarking for HD DVD / Blu-ray