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Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, AV1 has a new major supporter

Apple Joins Alliance for Open Media to Help Push AV1 Adoption

Posted by: Sean F, 15:01 AEDT, Thu January 11, 2018

Apple joins Amazon, Google and Microsoft to help push next-gen video codec that has its heart on replacing HEVC ... More


Read our roundup of the latest news for the week ending November 12, 2017

Weekly News Roundup (November 12, 2017)

Posted by: Sean F, 23:09 AEDT, Sun November 12, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending November 12, 2017 ... More


And the Emmy goes to ... HEVC

Video Codec Wins Primetime Engineering Emmy

Posted by: Sean F, 16:07 AEDT, Sun October 29, 2017

HEVC given ward for its contribution to the television industry ... More



News Icon Weekly News Roundup (October 8, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 13:13 AEDT, Sun October 8, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending October 8, 2017

News Icon HBO Hack: Game of Thrones Spoiler Leaks Online

posted by: Sean F, 17:33 AEST, Thu August 3, 2017

HBO victim of massive hack, TBs of data stolen including Game of Thrones content, some of it already leaked online

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (July 2, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 19:57 AEST, Sun July 2, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending July 2, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (June 4, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 16:20 AEST, Sun June 4, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending June 4, 2017

News Icon First Ripped Ultra HD Blu-ray Uploaded to Pirate Sites

posted by: Sean F, 10:33 AEST, Sat May 6, 2017

Possible breakthrough in the cracking of AACS 2.0 leads to the first ripped Ultra HD Blu-ray movie

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (April 23, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 17:11 AEST, Sun April 23, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending April 23, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (April 9, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 16:01 AEST, Sun April 9, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending April 9, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (March 12, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 14:40 AEDT, Sun March 12, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending March 12, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (February 12, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 13:45 AEDT, Sun February 12, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending February 12, 2017

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (February 5, 2017)

posted by: Sean F, 16:47 AEDT, Sun February 5, 2017

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending February 5, 2017

News Icon Google Makes HTML5 DRM Mandatory

posted by: Sean F, 18:09 AEDT, Fri February 3, 2017

Google makes it impossible to disable controversial DRM

News Icon Denuvo Game DRM On Shaky Ground, Defeated By Zombie Horde

posted by: Sean F, 17:17 AEDT, Wed February 1, 2017

Denuvo protected game 'Resident Evil 7' gets cracked in record time - is the end nigh for this much vaunted anti-piracy system?

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (December 18, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 13:52 AEDT, Sun December 18, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending December 18, 2016

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (December 11, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 16:55 AEDT, Sun December 11, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending December 11, 2016

News Icon Play UHD Blu-ray on Your PC: PowerDVD Gets 4K Blu-ray Certification

posted by: Sean F, 16:18 AEDT, Tue December 6, 2016

Next major version of PowerDVD will likely get Ultra HD Blu-ray playback feature, as software receives official UHD Blu-ray certification

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (November 27, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 15:57 AEDT, Sun November 27, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending November 27, 2016

News Icon Netflix 4K Playback on PC Locked to Edge Browser, Latest Intel CPU, Due to DRM

posted by: Sean F, 16:07 AEDT, Sat November 26, 2016

Netflix subscribers faced with DRM hurdles if they want 4K playback on their PCs

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (October 23, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 17:26 AEDT, Sun October 23, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending October 23, 2016

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (October 2, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 17:46 AEDT, Sun October 2, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending October 2, 2016

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (July 31, 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 17:19 AEST, Sun July 31, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending July 31, 2016

News Icon Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending June 18th 2016

posted by: Sean F, 15:14 AEST, Wed June 29, 2016

DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray sales stats for the week ending June 18th 2016

News Icon Google Chrome Bug Inadvertently Adds 'Download Mode' To Netflix

posted by: Sean F, 11:40 AEST, Tue June 28, 2016

Security researchers find Google Chrome bug that lets pirates download Netflix streams

News Icon GOG Gives Gamers Option to Redeem DRM-Free Copy of Their Steam Games

posted by: Sean F, 14:38 AEST, Sat June 4, 2016

You can now get free copies of selected Steam games added to your GOG account, no strings or DRM attached

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (29 May 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 17:03 AEST, Sun May 29, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 29 May 2016

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (22 May 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 22:49 AEST, Sun May 22, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 22 May 2016

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (13 March 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 12:10 AEDT, Sun March 13, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 13 March 2016

News Icon Microsoft's Grand Gaming Plans: Upgradeable Xbox, Unified Platform

posted by: Sean F, 12:45 AEDT, Fri March 4, 2016

Games to work on both Windows 10 and Xbox One, while the Xbox One may get hardware upgrades, reveals Xbox boss

News Icon Chinese Cracking Groups Claims They've Cracked Denuvo

posted by: Sean F, 14:18 AEDT, Mon February 15, 2016

Chinese cracking group returns from short-lived hiatus to release crack for Denuvo

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (10 January 2016)

posted by: Sean F, 18:40 AEDT, Sun January 10, 2016

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 10 January 2016

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (6 December 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 23:13 AEDT, Sun December 6, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 6 December 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (22 November 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 18:15 AEDT, Sun November 22, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 22 November 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (15 November 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 21:33 AEDT, Sun November 15, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 15 November 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (30 August 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 00:00 AEST, Mon August 31, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 30 August 2015

News Icon Windows 10 Roundup: Games with Old DRM, Torrent Tracker Bans

posted by: Sean F, 15:25 AEST, Mon August 24, 2015

You can't play some old games on Windows 10 due to their DRM, and privacy issues force some torrent trackers to ban the OS entirely

News Icon DVD Players Join Digital Cameras and iPods on List of Obsolete Tech

posted by: Sean F, 17:10 AEST, Sat May 30, 2015

More homes in Australia have VCRs than Blu-ray players, more box CRT TVs than 3D TVs

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (17 May 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 17:56 AEST, Mon May 18, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 17 May 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (3 May 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 15:23 AEST, Mon May 4, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 3 May 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (26 April 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 18:01 AEST, Mon April 27, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 26 April 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (19 April 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 23:19 AEST, Sun April 19, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 19 April 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (29 March 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 12:27 AEDT, Mon March 30, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 29 March 2015

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (8 March 2015)

posted by: Sean F, 23:38 AEDT, Sun March 8, 2015

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 8 March 2015

News Icon YouTube Ditches Flash, Now Defaults To HTML5

posted by: Sean F, 23:37 AEDT, Sat January 31, 2015

YouTube starts transition to HTML5, abandoning Adobe Flash in the process

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (7 December 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 23:13 AEDT, Sun December 7, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 7 December 2014

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (5 October 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 18:59 AEDT, Sun October 5, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 5 October 2014

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (28 September 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 16:35 AEST, Sun September 28, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 28 September 2014

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (31 August 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 17:38 AEST, Sun August 31, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 31 August 2014

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (8 June 2014)

posted by: Sean F, 21:39 AEST, Sun June 8, 2014

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 8 June 2014

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (28 July 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 17:27 AEST, Sun July 28, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 28 July 2013

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (10 March 2013)

posted by: Sean F, 17:36 AEDT, Sun March 10, 2013

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 10 March 2013

News Icon USCO: Jailbreaking iPhone Legal But Not iPads, DVD Ripping Still Mostly Illegal

posted by: Sean F, 14:49 AEDT, Sun October 28, 2012

US Copyright Office issues new, and revokes some, exemptions to current copyright laws, once again highlighting the arbitrary nature of copyright exemptions

News Icon Weekly News Roundup (7 October 2012)

posted by: Sean F, 00:43 AEDT, Mon October 8, 2012

Weekly News Roundup for the week ending 7 October 2012

News Icon YouTube Refines Anti-Piracy Filters, Appeals Process

posted by: Sean F, 14:53 AEST, Sat October 6, 2012

YouTube makes changes to its sometimes controversial Content ID program, in a bid to avoid the number of "unintentional claims" and to provide uploaders with a better appeals process

News Icon Ubisoft Backs Down On 'Always-On' DRM

posted by: Sean F, 12:55 AEST, Fri September 7, 2012

Ubisoft backs down on the use of 'always-on' DRM, citing customer feedback. But is it too little too late?

News Icon Sony Ceasing CD, DVD, Blu-ray PC Drive Production

posted by: Sean F, 11:30 AEST, Thu August 30, 2012

Sony to cease making PC optical drives under the Sony Optiarc brand, and instead will focus more on drive-less devices such as smartphones and tablets

News Icon Google's New Appeasement Policy: Will Implement 'Piracy Filter'

posted by: Sean F, 13:34 AEST, Mon August 13, 2012

Google will start demoting website that receive "too many" DMCA notices

News Icon Kaspersky To Withdraw From BSA To Protest Against SOPA

posted by: Sean F, 13:42 AEDT, Tue December 6, 2011

Kaspersky will withdraw from the Business Software Alliance to protest the lobby group's support of the controversial Stop Piracy Online Act

News Icon Ubisoft Moving Away From PC Games Due To Piracy, Others Disagree

posted by: Andrew K, 21:06 AEDT, Fri November 25, 2011

Ubisoft "cancels" two PC ports over piracy concerns, saying "95% of (their) consumers" are pirates, while game retailers disagree with Ubisoft's stance

News Icon Internet Giants Step Up Campaign Against Stop Online Piracy Act

posted by: Sean F, 17:35 AEDT, Wed November 16, 2011

A who's who of Internet companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have penned an open letter urging Congress to reconsider the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, which they say could kill off innovation and put the country at risk from cyberthreats

News Icon EFF: Internet Security And Innovation Under Threat From SOPA

posted by: Sean F, 15:02 AEDT, Mon November 14, 2011

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that clauses in SOPA could kill of software development, and make many current essential industry tools and services illegal, under the new "reckless" legislation

News Icon GOG: DRM is Counter-Productive, And Steam Is Steamrolling Its Competitors

posted by: Sean F, 15:46 AEDT, Sun November 13, 2011

Good Old Games's managing director says that DRM does more harm than good, and warned publishers to stop using it, while also revealing the full dominance of Steam in the digital game distribution market

News Icon Steam Gets Hacked: 35 Million Accounts Exposed, Including Credit Card Numbers

posted by: Sean F, 14:57 AEDT, Fri November 11, 2011

Steam gets hacked, with 35 million user data being accessed by hackers, including (encrypted) credit card numbers

News Icon Diablo III Single Player Beta - No Pausing Crippleware?

posted by: Sean F, 17:01 AEST, Sat September 24, 2011

Early beta version of Diablo III shows the worst aspects of the "always-on" DRM Blizzard decided to use for the upcoming game, with no ability to pause the game, and the high probability of losing unsaved progress due to Blizzard's own flaky servers

News Icon 'Just Cause' Dev: DRM 'Just' Sucks

posted by: Sean F, 13:04 AEST, Mon September 5, 2011

The founder of Avalanche Studios, Christofer Sundberg, has come out attacking "always-on" DRM, saying that there are better solutions to the PC piracy problem

News Icon Google: We've Been Busy And Successful With Our Anti-Piracy Work

posted by: Sean F, 18:37 AEST, Sat September 3, 2011

Google says they've done a lot of hard work in tackling the Net piracy issue, and their new tools, filters and review process is now better than ever

News Icon The Pirate Bay Launches File Hosting Service, But Will Be Fully Legit

posted by: Sean F, 18:03 AEST, Sat September 3, 2011

Two Pirate Bay co-founders launch a new file hosting service to take on the likes of RapidShare and Dropbox, but the MPAA/RIAA need not to worry (or at least not worry more than they do about similar services) - BayFiles will be fully legit

News Icon Hotfile Has To Hand Over All Uploader and Downloader Details to the MPAA

posted by: Sean F, 13:50 AEST, Thu September 1, 2011

Major setback for Hotfile, as the court grants the MPAA permission to, in the words of Hotfile's defence, "murder" the file hosting company

News Icon Valve's Gabe Newell: DRM Makes Games Worth Less

posted by: Jason F, 13:11 AEST, Tue August 30, 2011

DRM makes games "worth less", and it's a backwards way of fighting piracy, says Valve's Gabe Newell

News Icon Blizzard faces blizzard of criticism over Diablo 3 DRM

posted by: Andrew K, 22:59 AEST, Thu August 4, 2011

Diablo 3 will have an "always-on" DRM, meaning you cannot play the game if you don't have a good Internet connection

News Icon Ubisoft: Ubi DRM Has Been A Total Success

posted by: Sean F, 17:31 AEST, Sat July 30, 2011

Ubisoft says Ubi DRM has helped to reduce piracy rates, but stay silent as to whether the controversial DRM scheme has helped to raise or even lower sales

News Icon Windows 7 Blu-ray Bug Means An Expensive Waste

posted by: Sean F, 17:52 AEST, Fri July 29, 2011

A bug in the Windows 7 built-in Blu-ray burning tool causes failures if users try to use up the full capacity of these discs

News Icon Hulu's Facebook Connects Pulled Due To Privacy Breach

posted by: Anne N, 17:53 AEST, Wed July 6, 2011

Hulu's launch of their Facebook Connect feature bombs, as users report being able to access other user's accounts due to programming error

News Icon MPAA Links Movie Downloads To Botnet, Internet Security Threat

posted by: Sean F, 18:12 AEST, Tue July 5, 2011

The MPAA tries to use recent headlines to say that pirated movie downloads may be endangering the entire Internet

News Icon Sony Movies Taken Off Netflix, Due To Contract Dispute

posted by: Anne N, 18:02 AEST, Tue June 28, 2011

Sony movies were removed en masse last Friday from Netflix's digital streaming service, thanks to an old agreement that now seems shortsighted due to Netflix's surging popularity

News Icon Artist Currently Known As Prince Protests Against Piracy, Digital Music

posted by: Sean F, 14:54 AEST, Sun June 26, 2011

Prince is fighting online piracy, changes in the music industry, and even digital music, by promising to not release any new albums until these problems get solved

News Icon Top American ISPs Plan To Adopt 'Graduated Response', Banning Subscribers For Piracy

posted by: Jason F, 13:02 AEST, Thu June 23, 2011

AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are set to introduce a three-strikes system to help the music and movie industry in their fight against web piracy

News Icon Kinect Windows Development Kit Beta Released

posted by: Andrew K, 22:32 AEST, Mon June 20, 2011

Microsoft has just made it even easier for Kinect hackers to play around with the motion detection system, as the beta version of the Kinect Windows SDK has just been released

News Icon Major Advertiser Release Anti-Piracy Blacklist

posted by: Sean F, 18:58 AEST, Tue June 14, 2011

Major advertising buyer GroupM is producing a blacklist of websites that they say are carrying pirated content, but it includes legal websites such as Archive.org

News Icon New Firefox Add-on Bypasses Google Anti-Piracy Filters

posted by: Sean F, 18:00 AEST, Tue June 14, 2011

A new Firefox add-on reverses Google's anti-piracy censorship in their auto-suggest and auto-complete features

News Icon PowerDVD 11 Review Up

posted by: Sean F, 21:31 AEST, Tue May 10, 2011

The review for PowerDVD 11 has just been posted

News Icon DRM Locks Out Legitimate Gamers For 4 Days, Pirates Play Happily

posted by: Andrew K, 23:20 AEST, Thu April 14, 2011

Those that paid for Dragon Age:Origins found out that they weren't able to play the game over the weekend due to a DRM server problem, but pirates were able to enjoy the game without a problem

News Icon Something New: A DRM That Actually Punishes Pirates, Not Legitimate Buyers

posted by: Andrew K, 22:36 AEST, Thu April 14, 2011

To prove a point, Garry's Mod creator Gary Newman experiments with a new type of DRM designed not to inconvenience legitimate buyers, but only to punish the pirates

News Icon GOG: "DRM drives people to pirate games"

posted by: Sean F, 16:54 AEST, Wed April 13, 2011

Good Old Games's marketing manager comes out attacking DRM, questioning its effectiveness, and arguing against turning legitimate customers into criminals

News Icon RIAA Shaped Storm Clouds On Amazon's Horizon

posted by: Sean F, 16:32 AEDT, Thu March 31, 2011

Amazon has come under attack by the record industry for allowing their customers to store the legally purchased music online, in the cloud, for playback on their mobile devices

News Icon Just Cause Creator: DRM is Completely Useless

posted by: Sean F, 13:53 AEDT, Tue March 29, 2011

Avalanche Studios boss Christofer Sundberg has come out attacking "stupid DRM", and calls for more hacker involvement in the PC gaming industry, as well as better games, to fight the piracy problem

News Icon Movie Rentals Come To Facebook

posted by: Sean F, 13:05 AEDT, Fri March 11, 2011

You can now rent movies on Facebook, as Warner Bros. test out renting The Dark Knight to millions of Facebook users

News Icon H.264 vs WebM War: DoJ Launches Investigation of MPEG LA

posted by: Sean F, 15:05 AEDT, Sat March 5, 2011

The US DoJ is launching an investigation into whether the MPEG LA is trying to stifle Google's VP8/WebM and being anti-competitive

News Icon Panasonic Extends Avatar 3D Blu-ray Promotion

posted by: Sean F, 14:22 AEDT, Fri March 4, 2011

It looks like 3D TV owners will have to wait until February 2012 before they will be able to buy the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar

News Icon Minecraft Creator: Piracy Is Not Theft

posted by: Sean F, 14:02 AEDT, Thu March 3, 2011

Minecraft's creator Markus "Notch" Persson says it's wrong to label online pirates as thieves

News Icon Kinect Coming to the PC With Official SDK, and Windows Phone

posted by: Sean F, 17:09 AEDT, Fri February 25, 2011

Microsoft plans to bring Kinect to both Windows and Windows Phone, with the separate announcements of an official PC SDK for Kinect, and also a demo of Kinect/Windows Phone interaction

News Icon Windows 7 SP1 Released: Should You Update?

posted by: Sean F, 15:51 AEDT, Wed February 23, 2011

Windows 7's first service pack is now available, but should you update right away? Read this article to find out what's new in SP1

News Icon PC Gaming Piracy On the Decline, Says Industry Head

posted by: Sean F, 14:11 AEDT, Sun February 20, 2011

PC gaming piracy may actually be on the decline, says the new president of the PC Gaming Alliance. And it's not due to DRM!

News Icon The Crysis Crisis: Crysis 2 Leaked Way Before Official Release

posted by: Sean F, 16:51 AEDT, Mon February 14, 2011

It's bad news for EA and Crytek, as a development build of their upcoming Crysis 2 game has just made its way to BitTorrent networks all over the world

News Icon PlayStation Move Should Be Opened For PC Hacking, Says Creator

posted by: Sean F, 14:35 AEDT, Fri February 11, 2011

The PlayStation Move's creator wants the motion control system to be hacked in the same way as Kinect, on the PC

News Icon Google Chrome Dropping H.264: Microsoft To The Rescue

posted by: Sean F, 13:00 AEDT, Thu February 3, 2011

Microsoft tries to solve the problem of watching H.264 HTML5 videos on Chrome, by offering a free extension that brings H.264 back to the browser for Windows 7 users

News Icon Flaw In Sandy Bridge CPUs Could Cause Delays, Cost Intel $1bn

posted by: Sean F, 13:44 AEDT, Tue February 1, 2011

A flaw has been discovered in Intel's latest CPU range, which could cost the chip maker up to $1bn to fix the problem

News Icon $39 Blu-ray Players? $99 Wii?

posted by: Sean F, 14:53 AEDT, Thu January 27, 2011

Prices for Blu-ray players are predicted to go south, way south, in 2011, along with the Wii, Kindle amongst 12 other products

News Icon Expiring Web Images: Good For Privacy, Or Just Another DRM?

posted by: Sean F, 14:38 AEDT, Thu January 27, 2011

Images that expire after a certain period may be good for those that lacks the impulse control not to upload embarrassing photos of themselves, but could it also be used as a form of DRM?

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