QuickTime update allows SD movies on external displays

Apple released an update for its QuickTime media technology, fixing an issue for users of Apple’s new MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks.

According to notes provided with the update, QuickTime 7.5.7 addresses an issue where some standard definition purchases from the iTunes Store do not play on some external displays. The new notebooks have Apple’s Mini DisplayPort, which prevents HD content from being played on non-HDCP compliant displays.

The update is available via the software update control panel in Mac OS X.

The inclusion of HDCP -- a digital rights management (DRM) specification developed by Intel -- has upset many users and even the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF called the move by Apple and Hollywood “short-sighted.”

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