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02/24/2005 Archived Entry: "DRM in your video recorder"

Thanks to Hugh B. for sending along this item. It seems that the FCC has mandated that new digital TV equipment recognize a "broadcast flag" in the data...allowing Digital Rights Management for non-broadcast data. "This would include TVs, set top boxes, PC tuner cards, VCRs, DVD players, and similar devices." Some federal judges are looking askance at this, but it may yet survive the legal challenge. "Those thinking of buying DTV-related gear might want to make their purchases sooner rather than later, in hopes that some non-compliant devices are still available."     —brad

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