The past week the FCC approved a new mode of protecting movies streamed over cable and satellite systems. It will still allow subscribers to watch movies in HD before they are available on disc. But the way it is streamed will be different. Instead of allowing it to be pirated, there will be a new feature called “selectable output control”. The way it works is that a movie studio will instruct pay-TV operators to turn off the analog connectors on viewers’ set-top boxes. This will only allow the movie to be transmitted through encrypted digital outputs. The catch is that archaic controls that were taken advantage of media pirates like HDMI or DTCP can be programmed to at least limit copying.
May 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm by Jim.
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