Feeds

Sony to patch Blu-ray burners for BD-ROM playback

One-off opportunity, says cheeky vendor

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Sony's BWU-100A Blu-ray Disc burner will this month gain the ability to play pre-recorded BD discs, the consumer electronics giant has revealed. The fix will come courtesy of an update to the copy of CyberLink PowerDVD bundled with the internal drive.

The free update will be made available from Sony's storage support site here. Downloaders will required the software key included with their current copy of PowerDVD.

sony bwu-100a blu-ray burner

They'll also need an HDCP-compliant graphics card if they want to be sure BD content will be output at the correct resolution, Sony warned. Users will also need a powerful enough PC and a modern graphics card. There's a system checking tool available at the support site link above.

It also said users have just one opportunity to download the software - if the tool doesn't download correctly, or you throw away the downloaded file before applying the patch, you'll need to pay Sony for a copy of the software on disc. The company didn't say how much this money-grabbing exercise will cost consumers, but it claimed the fee will be "nominal". Given how much Sony charges for the drive - $750 - this is a cheeky measure. ®

Related reviews

Pioneer BDR-101A internal Blu-ray disc burner
Samsung SH-B022 Blu-ray Disc writer

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it...
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.