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[ NNSquad ] Re: [IP] US: Hollywood can disable TV set features
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- Subject: [ NNSquad ] Re: [IP] US: Hollywood can disable TV set features
- From: "Bob Frankston" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 19:52:33 -0400
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I can understand that in the 1930âs and even the 1950âs the Federal
Communications Commission saw its role as engineering a marketplace because it
didnât seem as if the industry was viable on its own due to the limits of the
technology and the need to define every aspect of a communications silo.
Today we know that the elements can be decoupled and in doing so
we enable a great deal of innovation. The content can be delivered over IP or
another transport and a TV is an arbitrary construct consisting of a viewing
surface and an input source. The Set Top Box replaced the tuner during a transition
What is the rationale for the FCC to continue to engineer every
aspect of the delivery system and to say how content should be managed in what
amounts to a cartel?
If Hollywood wants to require DRM in devices it could try to sell
such devices and software on the open market. HBOGo and others are doing that.
I may not be happy out this but shouldnât the FTC and agencies be involved
Has there at least been an impact assessment of damage done by
sacrificing our ability to innovate in using the content to the needs of a
particular business model from a century go? Is there any technology that Hollywood
has not opposed lest it level the playing field?
Is unviewing next?
From: Dave Farber
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 18:35
Subject: [IP] US: Hollywood can disable TV set features
Film Studios Allowed by U.S. to Use Anti-Piracy Technology
on TV Equipment
By Todd Shields - May 07, 2010
The film industry can block outputs on home television equipment so studios can
offer first-run movies while preventing viewers from making illicit copies,
U.S. regulators said.
Temporarily disabling the outputs will âenable a new business modelâ that
wouldnât develop in the absence of such anti-piracy protection, the Federal
Communications Commission said today in an order.
Home viewing of recently released movies over cable and satellite systems would
provide revenue for studios such as Viacom Inc.âs Paramount Pictures and Sony
Corp.âs film division, which have seen DVD sales drop as more people get films
through Internet, mail-order and kiosk rental services. The advocacy group
Public Knowledge is among opponents who say the plan interferes with viewer
The FCC order ââwill allow the big firms for the first time to take control of
a consumerâs TV set or set-top box, blocking viewing of a TV program or motion
picture,â Gigi Sohn, president of Washington-based Public Knowledge, said in a
The Motion Picture Association of America asked the FCC in 2008 for a waiver
from rules against disabling video outputs so that its members could send
movies over cable and satellite services using âsecure and protected digital
outputs,â according to the trade groupâs petition at the agency.
âThis action is an important victory for consumers who will now have far
greater access to see recent high-definition movies in their homes,â Bob
Pisano, president and interim chief executive officer of the MPAA, said today
in a statement. âIt is a major step forward in the development of new business
models by the motion picture industry to respond to growing consumer demand.â
The Washington-based MPAA represents Paramount Pictures, Sonyâs film unit, News
Corp.âs Twentieth Century Fox, General Electric Co.âs NBC Universal, Walt
Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc.âs Warner Bros. Pictures.
To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at email@example.com