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Intel and Windows 11 Deprecating SGX Breaks 4K Blu-ray Playback

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People who actually care about superior BR quality and have hardware which lets them appreciate such quality, i.e. a treated room, semi-professional laser projector worth as much as an average apartment and an equally expensive audio system? I happen to know such a person, he would laugh very loudly at the idea of using a computer with Windows as a source.

For most people watching movies is just a thing they do as low priority entertainment, not their core activity. In this context streaming is a huge progress for the vast majority of people - convenience is king and the quality only has to be "good enough".
I agree, there is diminishing returns, 480p is a bit yuckie but definitely watchable on my 27inch, 720p I actually feel is good enough for me personally, and 1080p kind of refines it.

If I watch 4k and look for the differences I can see them, but its definitely far from a requirement for me, at 1080p I can already see all the details I need to see.

Netflix has proven as you said, it just needs to be "good enough" and convenience is king, been able to at a click start watching a movie, instead of buying or renting a disc, and having to get up and insert it into a player. Plus no storage space required on shelves etc.

I am also someone who now thinks stereo is good enough, surround sound speaker setups just aren't worth the hassle, and this is also proving itself on PC where the most dominant setup by far now days is stereo headphones.
 
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i don't use 4k bluray's but i do have bluray drives in my desktop. i use MakeMKV to rip the bluray and let plex take care of the rest so i can watch the video everywhere.

hadn't seen a need for 4k yet, does this throw a wrench in makeMKV for ripping?
 
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You've always had to jump through way too many hoops to get 4k BR working on PC so unlike BR I never even bothered trying and just got an Xbox One S when it was on sale. Disappointing state of affairs as the DRM never stopped piracy of 4k discs, but it sure made it hard and expensive to do legit.
YUP this!
Ditto also just ended up getting an Xbox to play 4k disc since ever since like I can remember Microsoft made it harder with each new version to play back any legit content with DRM restrictions!
Cyberlink actually has an entire checklist of approved motherbords, cpu, 4k drive, etc required to get 4K BR disc working in Windows and even then still might not work!

DRM I feel is actually at the point where it increases piracy instead of (potentially, never been proven) reducing it.
And it actually increases security vulnerabilites since Windows purposely makes low level changes to OS to meet DRM requirements. This actually one of the main reasons they got rid of SGX with 12th gen Intel CPUs.
 
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PS5 & LG OLED gives UHD Blu-ray bliss. Yes, one needs to sit close to get a real benefit unless the 83" display is used.
 
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This actually one of the main reasons they got rid of SGX with 12th gen Intel CPUs.
That has more to do with Intel finally waking up to the fact that Hardware Security is a flawed model than anything to do with "modifying windows."
 
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SGX enclaves are also limited in size. All enclaves on a system must fit into the Enclave Page Cache, which is currently limited to 128MiB total—not 128MiB per process. Obviously, you can't fit entire operating systems—or even most containers—in only 128MiB, which means that application developers must make careful and extremely difficult decisions about which parts of memory are "confidential" and which are not.

 
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All 12bit DV streaming rips are having excellent quality. Scene really cares about rip quality.

BluRay only uses HEVC Main10, i.e. 10bits for color.
DV 12-bit is displayed on 10-bit panels. They are excellent, but heavily compressed for streaming purposes.
DolbyVision files packaged in HEVC files on disks are also excellent, often even better than stremed content, with higher bitrate.
Plus, disks have lossless audio, which is non-existent on streaming platforms.
Disks still rule for the joint audio-video quality. There is no doubt about it.

Netflix has proven as you said, it just needs to be "good enough" and convenience is king, been able to at a click start watching a movie, instead of buying or renting a disc, and having to get up and insert it into a player. Plus no storage space required on shelves etc.

I am also someone who now thinks stereo is good enough, surround sound speaker setups just aren't worth the hassle, and this is also proving itself on PC where the most dominant setup by far now days is stereo headphones.
Hahaha! If you can't be bothered to insert a disk into player, how do you manage food intake? Delivery into sofa?

I am actually going to cancel Netflix subscription. Have not put it on for a few months now. Done that, moving on.
 
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DV 12-bit is displayed on 10-bit panels. They are excellent, but heavily compressed for streaming purposes.
DolbyVision files packaged in HEVC files on disks are also excellent, often even better than stremed content, with higher bitrate.
Plus, disks have lossless audio, which is non-existent on streaming platforms.
Disks still rule for the joint audio-video quality. There is no doubt about it.


Hahaha! If you can't be bothered to insert a disk into player, how do you manage food intake? Delivery into sofa?

I am actually going to cancel Netflix subscription. Have not put it on for a few months now. Done that, moving on.
Where can one find DV content on disks?

If it is on a disk it means there must be a commercial player that can play the content, right? AFAIK DV is still not in BluRay's book of standards, or any other commercial disk for that matter.

For movies and shows I can live with non-lossless audio. And if I want to see a concert I prefer to just go and see it in person. No record can beat that.
For music alone I prefer lossless formats as my hearing is still good and I have the gear to actually make the difference.
 
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Where can one find DV content on disks?
I bought new Dune 4K UHD disk. It was released in DolbyVision. There is more content in DV on disks. Try to search it.
If it is on a disk it means there must be a commercial player that can play the content, right? AFAIK DV is still not in BluRay's book of standards, or any other commercial disk for that matter.
Exactly. Recent 4K UHD disk players support DolbyVision, some better than others. Try reviews to find out - Sony, Panasonic, Reavon, etc.
If saved as movie file on PC and made available on local network, it will play on DV compatible TV either as Dolby Vision file or HDR file, depending on hardware and software used, such as NAS, Nvidia Shield, Plex, internal player, etc.
if I want to see a concert I prefer to just go and see it in person. No record can beat that.
True, but only locally, I am afraid. If a concert is in New York and I live in Dubai, I can't enjoy it live. You can either purchase concert recording on disk or, in future, stream it live with Dante module on high-end AV processor, if service becomes commercially available.
 
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IIRC Dolby started licensing Vision for blu-ray in 2016? Don’t take my word for it!
 
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True, but only locally, I am afraid. If a concert is in New York and I live in Dubai, I can't enjoy it live. You can either purchase concert recording on disk or, in future, stream it live with Dante module on high-end AV processor, if service becomes commercially available.
It's called plane tickets. :)

I'm booking my Vienna New Year's concerts an year in advance.
 
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It's called plane tickets. :)

I'm booking my Vienna New Year's concerts an year in advance.
A few can afford it. Live concerts will become more democratized and available to masses in a few years once live streaming over Dante module bocomes more widely adopted in AVRs/PCs. Live event streaming is in its infancy as of now.

Still, it's always good to have a memorable concert on disk too, so that you listen to it whenever you want.
 
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A few can afford it. Live concerts will become more democratized and available to masses in a few years once live streaming over Dante module bocomes more widely adopted in AVRs/PCs. Live event streaming is in its infancy as of now.

Still, it's always good to have a memorable concert on disk too, so that you listen to it whenever you want.
Yes, concerts on disks are certainly an option. Especially if you have seen it first in person, or you have good AV gear and good room accoustics.
 

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All parties need to sort out this mess for ordinary users who want to enjoy their movies on PC. Both Intel, AMD and BD Association need to come up with a solution rather than forcing users to buy a stand alone BD player.
And those saying "I do not care" could show more solidarity with home theatre fans. It is in everyone's interest that PC users can also enjoy their collections of movies.
I couldn't agree with you more!
 
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