UHD Friendly Drive question

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Drives' started by Turtleggjp, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Turtleggjp

    Turtleggjp Well-Known Member

    Just curious, when the UHD friendly drives get their firmware updated to become no longer friendly, does this make them official UHD drives, or do they now become useless for both ripping and official UHD playback?
  2. Jeff R 1

    Jeff R 1 Well-Known Member

    Logically the firmware would allow the official playing of UHD discs, since said firmware enables AACS 2.0.
    What manufacturer would create a firmware to make the drive totally useless for both venues ?
  3. DrinkLyeAndDie

    DrinkLyeAndDie Retired Moderator

    A "UHD Friendly" drive is a Blu-ray drive that just happens to also be able to view the contents of a UHD disc. It is not a certified or official UHD drive. Using a loophole the drive can be used to read and decrypt a UHD disc. With the release of newer firmware from LG & ASUS the loophole has been closed and the drive becomes useless for UHD discs. It was never meant to be used with UHD discs to begin with. It remains fully functional in every other respect.

    That's not what is being asked. The question had to do with "UHD Friendly" drives. They do not support for AACS 2.0. You are talking about a certified UHD drive.
  4. Turtleggjp

    Turtleggjp Well-Known Member

    So the answer to my question is, the firmware update does not add AACS 2.0 support (thus making them official drives), but rather just closes whatever loophole we are currently using (thus making them useless for either purpose). Sad...

    Well, I intend to enjoy this while it lasts. I've just bought my first UHD Blu Ray as a result of this "loophole" and I am considering buying more in the future. This buying of discs will end abruptly if I am ever unable to decrypt them. I have no intention of touching the firmware on my drive, but they might manage to close the loophole some other way.