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10.6: Make DVD Player work with external DVD drives
Authored by: humpalumpa on Feb 17, '10 04:56:11AM

All versions of DVD Player in OS X will play from external drives without needing patches et al. (The limitation to Apple-branded drives in Panther and before was just to burning of discs, not to other functions.)

The problem is:
If there is no DVD device connected to the primary internal bus (ATA or S-ATA), the application refuses to start up.
If you removed the internal drive, you have to patch the player's framework this way.
If your internal DVD is right in place (using it or not doesn't care), you don't need that.

This stupid restriction is enforced by licensing terms of the contained 3rd party DVD decryption/playback software (called "Cinemaster": a widespread back-end package, found in standalone hardware players from a dozen manufacturers, too. It's essentially the same brand of software as in the well-known PC-apps PowerDVD or Nero ShowTime.)

In the early days of DVD playback, this was enforced to prevent the circumvention of region code settings (the infameous "change it no more than 5 times" rule).
Therefore, Apple will not remove it - they are not allowed to do so.

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