Tokens Gone

Wow.  The Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator was WAY more popular than we had imagined.  Josh processed thousands of requests and hopefully a huge number of developers are now out there experimenting with interactivity.  But, now we have run out of our token allotment from the Xbox team and the emulator is no longer available…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Request Update

Any of you who made requests for the Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator last week should have received at least an initial email with further instructions on getting access to the emulator support site on http://connect.microsoft.com/, signing the end user licensing agreement (EULA), and obtaining the Xbox Live Marketplace token. Remember, there is an actual live,…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator – Now Free

UPDATE 3/18: The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is no longer available.  For more information, please see: http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd/archive/2008/03/18/tokens-gone.aspx  The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available as a free download on Xbox Live Marketplace when you request a token at http://www.thisishddvd.com/emulator/.  Why is it free now? This decision was made in light of Toshiba’s recent announcement that they…

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Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Now Available

The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available!  The emulator is downloaded through Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your existing Xbox player.  The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator can run projects from an optical disc, an external USB drive, or from a network drive, and logs API calls, errors, warnings, and exceptions with time code…

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Exception Handling

An HD DVD player may throw exceptions during the execution of script, and if not caught will result in a player crash (showing an error code of 0x4094C00C on Toshiba or 0xC667000B on Xbox).  While it’s always a good idea to check conditions which could cause an exception to be thrown, an exception could still be…

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Error Codes, Toshiba Edition

If you know what an error code means, it can be immensely helpful in diagnosing the problem with your project. Below are some of the more common error codes found on Toshiba Players and their potential cause.  There is a similar post for Xbox HD DVD add-on error codes. Note: the contents of this post…

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Error Codes, Xbox Edition

If you know what an error code means, it can be immensely helpful in diagnosing the problem with your project.  Below are some of the more common error codes found on the Xbox HD DVD add on and their potential cause.  There is a similar post for Toshiba player error codes.  Note: the contents of…

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Advanced Subtitles

In HD DVD subtitling can be done via a subpicture stream or an Advanced Subtitle.  An advanced subtitle is very similar in structure to an advanced application.  It has a manifest, markup file, and font and is declared with its resources in the playlist.  But, an advanced subtitle has some unique characteristics as well.  The…

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Virtual Keyboards

The input tag has four options for mode: password, singleline, multiline or display. When an input element with singleline, multiline, or password mode receives focus, the player may launch an onscreen keyboard to allow user input or a software player may enable use of the computer keyboard. This is not required, though (currently, only the…

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HD DVD Script Object Model

Have you ever been working on an HDi project and needed to look up a method name in Annex Z, but you don’t have it handy (or access at all)?  Well, luckily the Interactivity Jumpstart Kit ships with the HD DVD Script Object Model as a Visio file and a PNG.  You’ll find this very…

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