Questions about the Series 3

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Justin Thyme, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. dr_mal

    dr_mal It's CWS time

    Mar 21, 2001
    Abingdon, VA


    Thanks for the detailed responses :up:

    Well, if they both require HDMI for full resolution, I guess I can officially sit out this format war until I buy a new HDTV. Check and mate.
  2. hongcho

    hongcho .

    Nov 26, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    If the media source contains the optional ICT flag (which I heard that some studios are not going to enforce), AACS will limit the maximum size for an unprotected output path (e.g., component video) to 960x540.

    It allows it to be re-upsampled to 1920x1080 if the output circuitary chooses to, but the "effective" source resolution cannot be more than 960x540 (a quarter of 1920x1080) if the ICT flag is set.

  3. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

    Mar 29, 2005
    Not necessarily. AACS was voted by IEEE Spectrum (authoritative community of hard core software geeks) as the protection scheme most likely to fail. The legendary breaker of CSS long ago took out the domain name. The web page there simply says "expected release Winter 2006/2007. "

    Now... does that mean March 2007 or October 2006? :( dang vague estimates- feh- feh, stomp stomp. Seriously though, I am skeptical the "community" will have such an easy time of it, but I don't know anything about the encryption particulars.

    Anyway, if there is a success, then it would be Decrypt to Mpeg2, tivoback to the S3. No need to toss the non HDMI HDTV....
  4. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    The content industry is putting a lot of work into AACS and they learned a lot of lessons from CSS, so it won't be anywhere near as simple this time. CSS was fundamentally flawed, but AACS is to CSS what WPA2 is to WEP.

    I wouldn't say it won't be cracked, and there is still a chance something stupid will be done to weaken the system, but it isn't likely to be a fast crack.

    Even CSS, which was fundamentally flawed, was only cracked as fast as it was because a software vendor was sloppy with the keys.
  5. George R

    George R New Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    South Jersey


  6. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

    Nov 27, 2002
  7. dr_mal

    dr_mal It's CWS time

    Mar 21, 2001
    Abingdon, VA

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