Friday, April 14, 2006

DRM is coming man..(and it aint gonna be pretty)

Seems that building my own PVR box isn't really going to work out for HD since I forgot about the up and coming Digital Rights Management schemes that are going to be all over the place.

For the home brewer, this means their solution won't work if they upgrade to high-definition cable, because the cable box won't send a readable signal to any tuner card that isn't part of a locked-down environment, such as TiVo or Windows Media Center.

You could always unplug your cable box and record free HDTV off the public airwaves, but perhaps not for long. The industry is trying to get Congress to make it illegal to build TV tuners that record broadcast HDTV without including DRM on the recording.

from wired news.


Blake said...

I'm not sure how this fits in to what you are talking about, but I just read it:

trace said...

It's stuff like that post that make me get angry about the whole issue. Whatever they try to do will eventually get hacked so there becomes three classes of users of content: 1) The everyday non-techie, 2) The hard core techie who will hack anything, and 3) the theives.

I would argue that 1+2 is faaaar greater than 3 and I would also argue that group 1 is by far bigger than group 2,so why not just give up the fight against piracy, make great content and let the people in group 1 pay a fair price for it? Why waste all these resources fighting a loosing and non-useful battle? (hmn.. sounds like the war on drugs)