AnyDVD HD defeats AACS on HD-DVDs

AnyDVD HD defeats AACS on HD-DVDs

Summary: The first commercial product capable of defeating AACS DRM on HD-DVD discs has been released.


The first commercial product capable of defeating AACS DRM on HD-DVD discs has been released.

AnyDVD HDAnyDVD HD by SlySoft packs a lot of power into a small, easy to use program.

  • Same features as regular AnyDVD
  • Removes encryption (AACS) from HD-DVDs
  • Watch movies over digital display connection, without HDCP compliant graphics card and HDCP compliant display.
  • Playback of discs on the PC with PowerDVD Ultra, which otherwise do not run.
  • Removes user prohibitions, you can select the language and subtitle track without going through the disc's menu.
  • Removes parental restrictions.
  • Allows you to remove or skip Studio Logos and warning messages.
  • With "magic file replacement ™" you can remaster any commercial movie disc using simple XML scripts.
  • The "must have" utility for the serious home theater enthusiast using a media center / home theater PC.
  • Includes a UDF 2.5 file ripper, no need to install 3rd party UDF 2.5 filesystem under Windows XP.

All this for $79 while existing AnyDVD users can upgrade for $30.  There's no need for me to explain the advantages that this program offers to HD-DVD users out there.

It's safe to say that if SlySoft was based in the US that the movie studios would be turning to the lawyers, but since they are based on the island of Antigua it's pretty safe.

Topic: PCs

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  • Hmm, interesting choice...

    Either buy a new HDCP-compliant graphics card and monitor, or buy AnyDVD.


    (Well, not really. Personally, I'll just wait for the HD-equivalent of libdvdcss to appear ;-) )
    • Don't forget...

      Apart from saving you thousands in hardware "upgrade" to watch their precious content, you also get to skip all the stupid FBI warnings, adverts, etc. at the start of the disk.

      Is somebody listening to customers' wishes...? I'd almost forgotten what that felt like.
      • AnyDVD is worth the money ...

        ... just to be able to skip those FBI warnings! ;-)
        Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
        • It's a power thing...

          >"...just to be able to skip those FBI warnings!"

          Sometimes I think they only put them there so you don't forget who's really in charge of your DVD player....
  • I'll stick to regular DVD. Maybe I think I'm living in 1997,

    but I recall when DVD was sold as a successor to VHS due to improved video and sound.

    I don't know when (2002?), things got changed - DVD was a [u]replacement[/u] to VHS; not really meant to surpass it. Oooh, the wonderfulness of marketing logic! Changed premises.

    While I'm at it, are HD/Blu-ray/whatever players cable of reading old-sk00l discs?
    • The difference between VHS and DVD ...

      ... was staggering, not just the picture quality but the robustness of the media. With HD I'm just not all that impressed.

      Oh, and yes, HD-DVD and Blu-ray drives can read all the old-skool media.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Quality, yes. Robustness, NO,

        Yeah, the quality of a DVD is a lot better than VHS, I would completely agree.

        But I [b]disagree[/b] about robustness. About 50% of the DVDs I own reach a point where the video starts to stutter and eventually stop! Scratches will also easily take down a DVD. Robust they are not.

        HD-DVD and Blu-ray are backwards compatible with DVDs? Good, I'll stick to buying DVD while the format is available. I'm not about to spend thousands of dollars on new equipment for what amounts to only marginal gains in picture quality.
        • Surely more robust than VHS though ...

          I think that I bought 2 pre-recorded tapes ... both dies in under a year. I have hundreds of DVDs, all of this work (or did the last time I looked).
          Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
          • opposite here

            Got plenty of VHS, many degraded but still watchable. When DVD degrades even a little bit, though, it becomes unplayable.
          • Most of my VHS movies

            With most of my VHS movies I'm scared to even play them. I played one and the VCR just ate it. The movie hadn't been played in about 5 years and the tape was sticky. Not the type of sticky like you get when someone dumps a sticky liquid on it but sticky more like a static type cling and the tape broke easily. I have DVDs that I bought in 1999 that still run good scratches (minor) and all.

            I think all things being equal the DVD is much more robust. A DVD in it's box for 5 years does better than a TAPE in a box for 5 years.
  • Wonder if

    ...this will have an effect on the battle with Blu-Ray. I would think the ability to rip your HD-DVDs would make HD-DVDs more appealing, irrespective of what the studios think.
    John Carroll
    • I think the AACS crack works on Blu-Ray too.

      So I expect that AnyDVD will also support ripping Blu-Ray DVDs in the not-too-distant future.
  • how does it work?

    I don't get it how it works. I mean, is this an official statement that HD has been cracked? Or is it based on the work done by muslix64?
    • I'm still waiting for some answers ...

      ... to some questions.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • I'm sure the makers of AnyDVD would ....

    ... not have a problem if you made a cracked copy and posted it via P2P. It would be hypocritical!
    • Why would they care

      Personally I don't see that happening. Why would someone do that? Why would I pay the high price for an HD-DVD then pay for AnyDVD just so I could put it on a P2P service? That seems really silly if you ask me.

      Now if I put on the pirate hat I'd think pirates are out there to get stuff for free not to give away stuff they have paid for. So what I think the pirate does it get the copy they put on P2P from another free source. So maybe they downlaod the movie via pirate FTP site, lots exist from what I've heard and they often move from IP address to IP address. Only those who travel virtual circles of hacker type friends know where these sites are. They seed the first instances of P2P then it spreads from there. No need to buy an HD-DVD and software to remove the DRM for it to end on P2P sites. Hackers have already done the for you with out needing to buy the movie or pay for software.

      This type of software is purely for the paying consumers. The only real infringment that would occur is that joe average consumer might rent a movie and burn a copy of it. Happened back in the VHS days all the time so I'd assume it would happen here too. This practice decreased with more VHS stock going onto shelves and selling for reasonable prices. Same thing happened with DVDs too to a point as except copy DVDs wasn't as easy and hooking two VCRs together.

      Personally I like anything that can remove those stupid previews that you can't skip. They're cool when you frist buy the movie but become irrelevant after a few years. Like I care to see a preview of movie coming to theatres in th summer of 2003.
      • You'd need an insane amount of disk space

        "The only real infringment that would occur is that joe average consumer might rent a movie and burn a copy of it."

        Imagine the disk space you'd need!
        Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
        • Yes, better wait for 1 TB drives first.

          Or maybe buy [b]two[/b] HD drives and burn straight from one to the other.

          While we're waiting for this kind of technology to become affordable, we'll all just have to amuse ourselves by skipping the adverts on HD disks instead ;-)