MS douses fire over Vista's HD support

You can't spell misstatement without MS.

The technohemoth of the Great Northwest faced a flurry of flames after APC reported that 32-bit Windows Vista would not support HD DVD, Blu-Ray, and other high-definition protected content.

The report was based on misstatements by Microsoft Senior Program Manager Steve Riley at TechEd 2006 in Sydney, which created the impression that a user had to be running a 64-bit version of Vista to watch commercial movies on DVD. Among them: "Any next-generation high-definition content will not play in x32 at all."

Fear not, movie enthusiasts, says Microsoft: "The real deal is that no version of Windows Vista will make a determination as to whether any given piece of content should play back or not," Vista product manager Nick White wrote in the Windows Vista Team Blog. "The individual ISV providing the playback solutions will choose whether the playback environment, including environments that use 32-bit processors, meet the performance requirements for playback of protected high-definition content."

Windows Media Player 11, however, will not deliver out-of-the-box support for HD DVD and Blu-Ray, BetaNews reports, "due to pressure from media companies who are wary about piracy."

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