BD Plus Technologies LLC has announced that it has begun issuing specifications to content providers for use of its BD Plus content protection system.
BD Plus (BD+ for short) allows for extra levels of copy protection against digital piracy above current Blu-ray format specifications. With the announcement by the Technologies group, BD+ is now effectively ready for implementation by any Blu-ray content developer, including the major Hollywood studios.
Though the Blu-ray format successfully launched last year without BD+, several major studios have expressed considerable interest in the advanced levels of protection the technology offers.
Fox and MGM are even said to have ceased releasing new Blu-ray disc titles due to the lack of BD+ availability (neither studio has released a single high-def title on Blu-ray since April).
Though no studio has publicly stated any plans to release BD Plus-encoded Blu-ray titles, the availability of the technology would certainly seem to be another potential obstacle surmounted in the format's path to mainstream success.
We'll keep you posted on any developments in this story, as well as any official announcements of BD Plus-encoded titles. Stay tuned!