Originally Posted by FurryGuy
Gotta love a product that repeatedly, year after year, requires you to pay to play, NOT!
I also believe PowerDVD provides full Bluray menu playback, not that I have played many BDs on my BD-drive enabled PC.
Given that this "fine" product is being released by Fengtao, I wonder which other player they ripped off for the BD capability; and are charging for the experience.
In some software, it's understandable to pay a subscription. For example, AnyDVD has a yearly renewal as one of it's license options. This is to continue to provide new options and most importantly ongoing service as disk encryption is an evolving virus so constant development is necessary. This takes resources.
But for a video player, a subscription model is simply greed. Since Feng already sells a decrypter, the player doesn't have to decrypt the disk so there is nothing evolving (the Bluray standard is fixed, only the encryption schemes change). So there should be no ongoing support to the player other than bug fixes and feature additions, both of which should be covered in the purchase price.
As far as i know, SlySoft's player will be free and at least with AnyDVD, it's still usable to the customer after the subscription lapses. The only thing the user gives up is the updates. They can still decrypt existing and new disks as long as it doesn't require an update to the software.
So with Slysoft, the customers hard earned dollars pay for the necessarily constant upkeep of AnyDVD against new encryption schemes. It also pays for new and well developed products that enhance the users ability to backup thier media and use it as well.
With DVDFab, the customer seems to pay for someones effort to do the very least possible to continue getting rich of off primarily others intellectual property. It's unfortunate, but at least we have Slysoft to serve as one of the few customer focused companies that actually have the imagination and know-how to actually produce something new.