On Friday, Corel informed WinDVD users that they had to download a “security update” in order to continue playing high-definition discs. They’ll have about three months to do so; after that, all newly minted high-def discs will include a set of instructions that permanently disables the older, hacked version of the software. Users who put one of these new discs into their PC will not be unable to play that disc, but they’ll render the software incapable of playing any other high-def Hollywood movie — even the older ones in their personal collections. Ouch!
Yet another reason to avoid hi-def DVDs. (Besides the fact that I don’t own an HDTV.)