These are very interesting comments ! Nice to know that the GPU has the power to decode Blu-ray. I just read that at first the hardware decodding will be available in a home-made player and then in long term maybe gstreamer.
Unfortunately that means XBMC ( mplayer ) will never be a viable option for blu-ray playback since it won't be supported ?
Will then your home-made player be able to directly play Blu-ray ISO ( like XBMC by launching the movie directly ) and handle subtitles correctly ?
About the audio part, in the FAQ It is written AUDIO JACK, is it an analog or optical jack ? Can something like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Optica.....pd_cp_ce_1
be used to send DD and DTS through for the AV receiver to decode it ?
Linux doesn't support actual Blu-ray decoding. If you have a ripped file it can play that. The supplied player won't support Blu-ray - that would cost a lot in licencing if nothing else! The audio jack is analog, and fairly low quality. Best quality is HDMI out. As Dom said, to avoid (very expensive) licencing fees, we cannot do the audio decode on the GPU, so it would need to be done on the Arm and passed out to the GPU for HDMI. Or passed out of the analog audio output. Not sure yet how that will be managed.
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