No HDTV for 32 Bit PCs with Vista

Boing Boing: No high-def in 32-bit Vista, thanks to DRM Boing Boing is reporting that due to DRM concerns that “The 32-bit-compatible version of Vista, the next version of Windows, won’t play back high-def video because they can’t get the DRM right.”

I’m not quite sure what to think about this. Personally I want a 64 bit machine on my next upgrade anyways and you will need a new machine, CableLabs certified machine, to play CableCARD HDTV with Vista anyways. I’d think an upgrade to 64 bit would be the natural path with an upgrade. At least for me. Of course I’m sure I’ll be getting boned again and having to repay for all my software to work on a 64 bit machine.

Update: Chris Lanier is saying this is bad information and that Vista will support HD playback on 32 bit machines. The Vista team also talks about this here.

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  1. Dan Warne says:

    I’d like to point out though that the “bad information” was provided by Microsoft, not me (the journalist who wrote the original story.) I transcribed exactly what Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager said in his presentation.

    Besides if you ask me, Microsoft is just playing semantics. They’re saying “Windows itself won’t stop you… it’s the DRM software that might.” But that’s not too different to what they said yesterday; they said they were being pressured by the content companies and that was why the decision was made.

    I asked Microsoft for a list of DRM systems that will allow protected high definition playback in Vista 32 bit and so far there has been deafening silence.

    My guess is that the way it will pan out is that none of the HD codecs/DRM models will work in Vista 32 bit (or ship with it), and I imagine this is what Steve Riley was saying in his presentation yesterday. (I’m happy to stand corrected though if Microsoft is able to name some high-def content protection systems that WILL work in Vista 32 bit.)