DON'T THROW OUT YOUR OLD "DVD" PLAYER WHEN YOU BUY A NEW "BLU-RAY" PLAYER!
You'll need it to play your copy of some new DVD movies.
A new copy protection for DVDs (and Blu-ray) has recently been introduced. This new technology is called "Cinavia". Cinavia only works on some new Blu-ray players (that also play DVDs), including the new PS3. This technology has no effect whatsoever on regular DVD players (non Blu-ray). Here is how it appears to work:
Watermarks (inaudible sounds) are embedded in the audio track of a movie. These watermarks vary, depending on the type of release. A movie shown in theatres will have a different watermark than a consumer DVD release. Any attempt to play a pirated copy of a movie (taken using a video camera in a cinema) will result in an error message because the watermark will give away the origin of the movie. I think this is great and a long time coming, bravo!. The problem is, it doesn't stop there.
Some new DVD movies now contain these same audio watermarks. When you make a copy (using 1CLICK or any other software), these audio watermarks are retained (the audio is always copied 1:1 and never altered). Some new Blu-ray players (including PS3's) will check for these watermarks during playback. If the DVD is unprotected (CSS has been removed) yet still contains these watermarks, then it assumes the DVD has been copied. The player will mute the audio at some point during playback and display a message on screen.
The Blu-ray player does not look for Cinavia on DVDs that are encrypted with CSS. So the simplest solution would be to burn a CSS encrypted DVD. Unfortunately that is impossible because the region of the DVD where the CSS flag is stored is not accessible by a consumer DVD writer. Effectively, this is an elegant and robust protection scheme. The only way to remove these audio watermarks would be to convert the digital audio to analog, somehow filter the watermark (a very complex process requiring knowledge of the algorithm used) and then re-encode the audio. It is extremely unlikely anyone will succeed in this endeavour in the near future (Cinavia was introduced in 2010).
The only workaround presently is to play the copied movie on a regular DVD player (non Blu-ray) or a Blu-ray player which does not support Cinavia technology. I suggest that you check for the "Cinavia" copy protection sticker on the DVD movie before copying it, so that you can add the copied movie to the collection of movies that must be played on a compatible player.
At the moment, we know of several DVD titles that have this protection in certain regions:
Takers, Burlesque, The Tourist, The Roommate, Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night, Zookeeper, Bad Teacher, Project X, Wrath of the Titans, Rock of Ages, The Campaign, Frankenweenie
These are some of the Blu-ray players that use Cinavia:
CyberLink : PowerDVD 12 (upd: 1905c or higher)
Corel : WinDVD 10/11 [NOT ACTIVATED YET]
Nero : Blu-ray Player (part of Nero 12 Platinum)
Arcsoft : TotalMedia Theatre 5 (upd: 172 or higher) and 6
Sony : Playstation 3 (fw: 3.10 or higher)
Sony : BDP-S185/BDP-S186 (fw: M09.R.0033 or higher) BDP-S390 (fw: M11.R.0147 or higher)
Sony : BDP-S280/BDP-S480/BDP-S485/BDP-S580/BDP-S780 (fw: M07.R.0615 or higher)
Sony : BDP-SX1000 (fw: F01.R.0102 or higher)
Sony : BDP-BX39/BDP-BX59/BDP-S590 (fw: M11.R.0320 or higher)
Samsung : BD-Dxxxx Series BD-Exxxx Series
Panasonic : DMP-BDT87/871/771/220/320/321/500 DMP-BBT01
Philips : BDP2900 (fw: 2.42 or higher) BDP2985 BDP5200/6000 (fw: 1.42 or higher)
Pioneer : BDP-V6000
Pioneer : BDP-LX55 (fw: 3.18 or higher)
Marantz : UD5005 UD7006
LG : BDP550 (fw: 8.31.283.C)
LG : BP125,BP200,BP220,BP320,BP325W,BP520,BP620
Denon : DBP-1611UD (fw: MCU Ver 100/07.04.2011) [NOT CONFIRMED] DBP-2012UDCI
Oppo : BDP-103,BDP-105
Sharp : BD-AMS10U/AMS20U
Toshiba : BDX4300KU/5300KU
Yamaha :BD-S473/S673 BD-A1020