The folks at Bimmerfile, got their hands on an Youtube video showing the new iDrive playing DVD movies. The video playback has been restricted on the previous iDrive generation, but apparently, BMW has listened to its buyers and implemented this feature.
Of course, due to safety regulations, the navigation system will play videos only when the car is in “Park” mode and the hand brake is on. I’m not sure how it will work for the manual cars, but I’m assuming the car will still need to to have the hand break on along with the car being placed in neutral and brakes pressed.
The video was taken in a 2009 BMW M3