I know it seems a sore issue with DRM rights etc. But B.R. is the worse over HD DVD by far.
BR PC Drive = limitations regards where the software has to approve if your display device is up to standard be it either a D-Sub connected PC monitor (CRT or LCD) a DVI connection monitor or even a LCD TV HDMI or component.
If the Blue Ray PC software or Player denotes that the image might be degraded or not displayed to its 100% potential then it will refuse to play or display it at all!
You buy your PC a spanking new Blue Ray drive. You install it and attempt to play your brand new Blue Ray movie, When you do PowerCinema/PowerDVD plops up a lovely Error message and it wont let it play (Ever). Reason for this is the DRM decides it doesn't like you having a Single/Dual monitor setup...It hates DVI-S and for some reason it CAN on occasion HATE D-sub.
(Strange but sometimes it prefers D-Sub over HDMI)
If you have a HDMI setup with a monitor also connected by HDMI - forget about it, you are never going to be allowed to watch thay BR in that config.
I work for a massive chain of a computer manufacturer on the front line of this technology. BR is a pain.
DRM is is enforced and worse than HD DVD.
yeah HD DVD has less storage, But compression ratio is the same so the images look as good. No difference in I.Q. on either format.
HD DVD region free
HD DVD does not nazi your machine into deciding which display it WANTS YOU to watch YOUR movie on.
HD DVD R/W should and will be more flexible and released sooner as it already in talks.
As soon as DRM starts restricting what I can and cannot view my media on straight away gets the thumbs down.
and all software for B.R. will have to abide by this.
(Sorry is some does not make sense, written in a hurry)