Originally Posted by KerryNY
I was very upset about the delayed release of DAT, with all the copy-protection concerns. I was not quite upset when my DAT deck became obsolete so quickly with the arrival of CD-R for PCs, however. Blank CDs were instantly much cheaper than DAT tapes, and we can 1-to-1 copy infinitely. My DAT deck from 1990 still looks brand new.
I remember when DAT came out. Since it was delivered "crippled", the only uptake it had was in professional use, rendering it "niche". This was also just before computers and broadband, so they were still thinking "home taping kills music
This was like the first attempt to make a "play once" DVD. The name escapes me, but they stayed on shelves at big boxes and were returned en masse.
DRM only works when there is "no choice", like with the current DVR situation. The HDMI plug is all about DRM, the alternative was the fear that the DVI would become prominent, like the RCA jack, and "we" could "share". I'm still amazed that the content folks got the hardware folks on board with this universal DRM plug, but I guess my experience here should teach me better.
Oh, and I read the Terms of Service for my cable boxes. They also track what channels you watch, how long, and how often you access the interactive guide. That last one was a surprise.