Darn, I'm not as good with the quoting..
And, btw, I'm not saying that anyone is stupid/wrong/whatever for disagreeing with me; this is a conversation/debate, not a holy war, so please, nobody take this personal or as an attack (that's not to anyone in particular, just wanted to get it out there).
The purpose of the service is to give you access to content. Let's take a simple example (that exists today). I can hook up my cable box to my computer and, with enough HDD space, store "unlimited" shows on my local system. The purpose of the system that I propose is to deliver content (just like cable), what you do with the content when you get it is your business. If you stop paying for cable, you lose access to new content, and to your DVR (because you're leasing it from the cable company). That's exactly the model that I'm thinking about here.
I agree, I'm misusing/mixing terms here. I think that this content will be "protected" in some way; but protected in a way that makes sense. The files themselves can be copied anywhere (in my "dream" system), however, only with close proximity to the FOB (think RSA key for VPN access today) are these files playable. So I can copy them to my laptop, and take my laptop on the plane; and play my movies. However, while I'm on the plane, nobody at my house would be able to view my content. If I wanted a 2nd FOB, I could pay for it (think, getting a 2nd cable box/DVR for your house). The files would be unprotected (in the way we think of it today) from copying, instead, they would be "keyed" to a user. The license to view the files is in your pocket, rather then a key/copy protection system/etc on the media. Think of carrying around the DVD, you can play it anywhere you want, your DVD drive, your friends, your laptop, etc. However, if you don't have the DVD (RSA key), you can't play the movie.
BTW, I work in networking/IT, so I work with RSA keys all the time. However, if anyone wants to see what I am talking about:http://www.rsa.com/node.aspx?id=1311
Why a "limited number" of movies at a time? Who cares how many you have? Again, think the cable DVR model. I can connect a 100TB NAS to my SA receiver (well, ok, not really, but the idea holds), and record all I want (even from HBO,SHO,etc). However, when I stop paying for cable, I lose them ALL. Also, with NetFlix today I can stream as much as I want (albeit, not such a great selection) all day long. Really, the only reason to store locally is to provide the "DVD/BD experience" that only local access can provide. Latency will always be an issue on any streaming system, with a caching system the files can be multicast at very high speeds on a periodic basis. Frankly, it's in the providers best interest to have a big HD for you locally, less streaming needed.
The BT device I describe isn't the network in your house, its the RSA/FOB in your pocket. It travels with you and it's the device that authorizes you to view the movies. You could put the movie on your PSP, put the RSA key in your pocket and walk out the door. Now your movies won't work at home, but will work fine on the PSP. If it helps, instead of BT wireless, think of a USB key that needs to be put into your DVR at home before it will play any of your media. That's what I'm talking about here, you can take the device out of your DVR and put it in your PSP, and now all the files you copied over to it will play, but the one's on your DVR are dead. And, of course, you can pay more per month to get more RSA keys (one for each member of your household).
Originally Posted by stanger89
Now, realize that I've been "predicting" or at least proclaiming the possibility of such a utopia for a while now, but let me play a bit of the pragmatist/devil's advocate here:
Why would a service
let you store "unlimited movies" that basically defeats the purpose of a service like this.
How will you be able to use "an[y] utility you want" when these copies will obviously be DRM protected?
So, you're basically talking about a local caching system here... Sounds like XstreamHD
Might I suggest that a more realistic situation would be where you subscribe to an "internet based" system where your subscription entitles you to a limited number of movies on your system at a time, ala Netflix.
What you described is exactly
DRM, digital protection that allows only "approved" devices/software to view the content.
What about portable players that are well outside the range of BT or the home network?
I think we'll see something like you describe, but I fear that it won't be nearly as "open" as you suggest and the quality won't be quite there either.