AnyDVD HD or AnyHDDVD is on the way
Preliminary reports over at the new SlySoft support forum indicate that SlySoft is hard at work developing AnyDVD HD, a new software product that is designed to help decrypt HD DVD movies (HD DVD-ROMs) on the fly. This is a logical evolution for the company behind the famous AnyDVD app, which is an excellent piece of software that allows users to decrypt DVD discs on-the-fly. This is great news for HD DVD owners who wish to back up their HD DVD movies.
UPDATE: AnyDVD HD now supports BOTH HD DVD and Blu-ray playback and copying! Download a demo of AnyDVD HD today!
The SlySoft support team is top of the line, as they openly ask their customers to send in information on any new discs that AnyDVD has trouble with. With the help of their users, SlySoft continually updates AnyDVD to handle any new DVD protections such as ARccOS and RipGuard.
The move to AnyDVD HD should come at no surprise as SlySoft is a company that is famous for their decryption, burning and disc backup utilities (AnyDVD, Clone CD, Clone DVD). SlySoft will not make any official statements on the product for 3-5 weeks, as they have not yet issued any press releases.
And although they have not yet issued any official statements on the new software, we have learned some information about the upcoming product from SlySoft developer comments on their forum. The early Alpha version of AnyDVD HD has successfully decrypted all of the HD DVD movies that they have tested with. They are also working to implement a “Remove annoying trailers” function, that will allow users to automatically remove non-skip sections of an HD DVD such as the FBI warning, the Universal “HD DVD is great” screen and others. Very nice! There will also be an upgrade path for users who have purchased AnyDVD in the past, although there are currently no concrete details on exactly what type of discount will be offered.
Why AnyDVD HD instead of AnyDVD Blu-ray? The SlySoft developers claim that HD DVD was a logical first target for them because the format has no region coding and less DRM capabilities (eg; no BD+). So will SlySoft ever release a Blu-ray decryption utility? Possibly, but their current focus is solely on HD DVD back up capabilities. Once AnyDVD HD has been launched, they will take a look at the Blu-ray format.
So just how does AnyDVD HD work? Has SlySoft managed to really crack AACS? For now, no one is sure just how AnyDVD HD will work exactly. Chances are that we will not know how it works in the future either, as it is a closed-source commercial product that SlySoft has an interest in protecting. A SlySoft developer has indicated that “nobody’s gonna have to painfully search for title keys in the memory of some badly written player.“. Judging by the history of AnyDVD “classic”, I’m sure that AnyDVD HD will easily allow users to copy and backup HD DVD movies.
AnyDVD HD UPDATE: Slysoft has officially released AnyDVD HD from beta status. It is now completely available to the public. Download a demo of AnyDVD HD today!
AnyDVD HD UPDATE 03/06: AnyDVD HD now supports BOTH HD DVD and Blu-ray playback and copying! Download a demo of AnyDVD HD today!