The first legal DVD software product for the Linux operating
system will be available this spring.
InterVideo, a US based distributor of software DVD products,
this week unveiled a software DVD player/decoder for Linux, called
LinDVD. The device enables users to experience DVD video and audio
quality, which the company said will rival that of high-end
consumer electronic players.
Joe Monastiero, vice president of sales and marketing for
InterVideo, said: "We have made a commitment to support the Linux
community with digital audio and video products. LinDVD is the
first product in a line-up that will ultimately include all of our
Windows multimedia products."
The DVD industry is highly litigious and has filed lawsuits at
previous unauthorised DVD decoders for Linux.
Earlier this year, members of the Motion Picture Association of
America filed a lawsuit using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
to stop the distribution of an open source program that facilitates
the viewing and copying of DVDs.
InterVideo's content scrambling system (CSS) licence allows it
to produce and market the software without violating copyright or
Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, said the
development is "exciting for the Linux community" and that it "will
greatly enhance the Linux multimedia experience".
Clive Longbottom, an analyst at Strategy Partners, said: "Linux
advocates don't like licences. If they see something available on a
Windows machine, they will want some of it and will write their own
code even if they come up against the legal aspects of DVD not
being an open source technology."
"Making a fully legal copy is a pointer in the direction that
Linux is going. It has to become more serious. Consumers don't want
a kernel that changes every five minutes. They want a solid product
LinDVD will allow users to playback DVD movies, interactive DVD
titles, Mpeg video content and video CDs on PCs that are equipped
with a DVD drive, without the need for an expensive hardware
The decoder/player includes integrated Mpeg1 and Mpeg2 file
playback, a VCD.20 player and SVCD playback. A full multi-channel
Dolby Digital audio decoder will be included.
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