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Digital TV copy-protection on its way

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 27 Apr 2002 1:54

Technology industry announced this week that they're almost completed tech specs for digital TV copy-protection mechanism. Basically the copy-protection mechanism adds a "broadcast flag" or a digitally inserted watermark to the video that DTV recorders would recognize and block the recording of the show if necessary.
Mechanism is similiar to the Macrovision signal found from almost all commercially sold VHS tapes and DVDs that recorders need to recognize and block the recording if available in the video signal.

Tech companies are going to introduce the mechanism for U.S. Congress committee in May 17th and are hopeful that their own efforts would eventually block the proposed government-controlled copy protection mechanism.

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