I doubt that any of the guys have support for DVD :(
Bunch of new stuff is coming out on the market so it is the usual
story locate a friendly chip manufacturer with decent
documentation for the hardware. S3 Savage comes to mind however
I dont know that much about it so far.
With modern processors, software decoding of DVD is faster and more
flexible. Unfortunately the spec is under NDA partly because of the
insane region coding scheme that the movie studios forced on us.
It's OK; if you follow the DVD specific lists, then you know how
to change the region code on most avaiable hardware. If your
hardware doesn't support this, well, shame on you...
Terry.. The region code is a particular encryption of the data on the
disk. The various wirehead tricks for hacking players are irrelavent to a
software DVD decoder. You need the right encryption keys from the spec
document to get the data and to get the spec you need to sign an NDA and
hand over $5000 to Toshiba.
If that is true, then how is it that early Sony '7000 units had an internal
switch to disable region coding (i.e. play all regions)?
Perhaps the Sony unit had a decoder built in? I might be wrong about this
because I haven't read the spec. but I do know that Windows software DVD
decoders can play DVDs from any region.