The lack of DVD support for Linux has come to the forefront lately, pushing some developers to come up with solutions that included an unauthorized DVD decoder for Linux, which resulted in lawsuits filed by the DVD industry.
InterVideo has a long-standing Content Scrambling System (CSS) license, enabling it to produce and market DVD player/decoder software without violating copyright or other laws.
InterVideo sales and marketing head Joe Monastiero says the Linux platform presents a variety of opportunities for the company to expand its existing technology base, including DVD software.
"Of notable interest is the set-top environment; however, even the PC space has enough interest in Linux to make our development worthwhile," he said. "Additionally, as should be obvious based on the reports generated by Wired News a few months ago regarding DVD and Linux, the reason why the CSS hack was done for the Linux community is because traditional Windows multimedia developers writing Linux code are not exactly plentiful."
The product, dubbed LinDVD, will allow users to play back DVD movies, interactive DVD titles, MPEG video content, and Video CDs on PCs that are equipped with a DVD drive without the need for a hardware decoder card. The decoder/player includes integrated MPEG1 and MPEG2 file playback, a powerful VCD 2.0 player, and SVCD playback. A full multi-channel Dolby Digital (TM) audio decoder will be included.
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