Originally Posted by Afroteddy
Again, so a $50 android streaming box is ALLOWED to stream in 4k but a $500 AMD Windows HTPC isn't even though it is more capable of doing so thanks to DRM rules.
While someone already explained that these Android devices already have DRM features in hardware (that PCs don't have), the real irony here is that the majority of these boxes aren't even used for legal content streaming. Instead most people are using their "kodi boxes" (as they affectionately call them
) for playing back we-all-know-what kind of content.
As someone else mentioned there's already 4K Netflix content out there for [illegal] downloading/streaming--pirates will always find a way. However I'm guessing the bean counters figure that by keeping it more restricted on PCs (according to hardware) it will be less rampant. I'm not sure how that really plays out in reality as where there's a will there's a way, as mentioned.
If anything we shouldn't be that
mad at Netflix. I mean they do have a responsibility (and requirement) from a lot of the content owners to use reasonable measures to secure it--those reasonable measures being the industry proposed and accepted standards (PlayReady 3.0 in this case).
Really it's the people that have made businesses over selling zillions of "kodi boxes" (even using Kodi's name unfavourably) and all the people that think it's oh-so-cool to buy them and "get TV and movies for free", that have made this more a concern among content owners/distributors. DRM is basically always "brought on" by the pirates and the complications, cost, and general brunt of DRM is always felt most by the legitimate/paying customers. Sad really.