Originally Posted by mjfink
It would have been, in effect, IMPOSSIBLE to copy the new "format".
Only for a short period of time. On the software side of things, this would've been eventually cracked, and considering the ingenuity of some of those people, probably wouldn't have taken that long for them to figure it out.
Sure, this makes it easier, but in the end, it doesn't change much.
One thing it could mean though, that streaming takes a big dive because the industry is afraid, and we'll have to wait even longer for proper HD digital distribution. (Not that many people actually have a internet connection to stream BD level content right now)
Also, on the "analog hole", as i understand it, US laws and regulations require the analog output of HD receivers, do they not?
I'm also personally not interested in pirated content, as long as i have the possibility to get the content as close to release as possible - which, sadly, currently is not the case. But this is an old discussion of the industry finally realizing that they should focus on new distributions instead. I personally know alot of people that would pay to see US TV shows on their air date streamed over internet (a few hours later is still acceptable, we're from europe anyway, so prime-time is our sleep-time), but no-one offers that. And if this leak does one thing, then it will be hitting a big dent on digital distribution, not because the impact would be that big on piracy, just because the industry thinks it might.