|Originally posted by robena:
HDCP is already craked .
More accurately, a Dutch researcher says that he knows how to crack it, given access to about $500,000 dollars worth of equipment for two weeks (there are currently no DVI/HDCP displays on sale--JVC's D'Ahlia and a few pricey DLP front projectors--that cost less than $8k at a heavy discount). Intel says that the guy is full of crap. If DVI becomes widely adopted, perhaps we'll see.
In any case, I think that DVI/HDCP has many more obstacles in its path to adoption than whether it's been "cracked" or not. The D'Ahlia is the only thing close to a mass-market monitor that has selected it, and at $12k list price, it's not very close. DVI/HDCP is only really attractive to makers of digital displays--DLP, LCOS, D-ILA, LCD and Plasma--it would be fairly expensive to use in the CRT-based RPTVs that comprise most of the HDTVs on sale today. On top of this, it pushes the intelligence required for video decompression off on every other device in your A/V network or requires that there be a central device that does that decompression that then passes it to the display over DVI/HDCP, creating one more point of potential attack on the decrypted digital data. I really think that DVI/HDCP will not ever become particularly popular, unless digital displays take over, which they might.
It's interesting to note that while JVC put a DVI/HDCP connection on D'Ahlia, they did not put one on the the HM-DH30000U D-VHS VCR. Shows how much they believe in the technology.
trbarry said "they want to push DTCP", if that's what you were responding to--not HDCP. Only Intel and Microsoft seem to be "championing" (to borrow a term from my stint at Motorola) HDCP, though Echostar plans to support it, as well at 1394/DTCP, on upcoming STBs and DirecTV is encouraging its OEM partners to include both interfaces on their future STBs.
-- Mike Scott
[This message has been edited by michaeltscott (edited 09-30-2001).]