|Originally posted by Ken H
If this is true, then why do they still work? I'm sorry Mike, your position is eroded by the mere fact that we've been discussing how to make these things work for years now; the discussion continues and the product works just like it did when introduced.
What is your point? There is no copy-protected HD video (at least not protected by setting CGMS fields in the MPEG-2 packets) being broadcast on premium DBS or cable today, or the eagle-eyed people in these forums would notice that they were getting downrezzed images out of their DIRECTV Plus and DISH 6000 systems. So the major motion picture powers that be have decided to let the issue go for the present time. I'm certain that they know of the existence of the AccessTV and HiPix cards and the DISH 5000+Modulator combo and realize that people have been using these to archive films from movie channels and pay-per-view on potentially network-accessible disk drives. They must figure that any loss of material before they can all agree on means of copy-protection in home A/V networks is water under the bridge. People are freely ripping off DVDs--DeCSS essentially rendered the STD DVD rendition of several thousand films into the public domain. They're fighting an extended battle--some potential income loss from a trickle of films released on two HD movie channels and one HD PPV channel isn't much to worry about in the larger scheme of thing, yet.
However, before they expand available content appreciably, they almost certainly will turn copy-protection on. In DVB cable, I've got seven channels of HBO, five of Showtime, and three TMC (these last come in extended basic, but the Independent Film Channel costs extra--go figure); additionally, there are four or five channels of Cinemax that I don't subscribe to. There are 38 pay-per-view movie channels and 28 pay-per-view channels for sports. I don't think that all of cable and DBS will eventually be HD, but all of this stuff will. Before you see anything like the same sort of subscription movie and pay-per-view blitz for HD, they will long have applied copy-protection systems to that content. (Some have speculated that they're being slow in adopting a copy-protection standard or standards to keep from having to release more than a small amount of valuable property on HD--they may be right).
If they're dead-set determined to stop the uncontrolled copying of HD film, then they have to plug up any holes, and the 5000+modulator is a big hole, even if only 1000 people are using them to record to disk. I'm not talking about DISH independently taking action of its own accord--I'm talking about their content providers insisting that they do something about it as a condition of continued service from them.
As for giving them ideas by talking about this, please--do you really think that they're too stupid to hire people bright enough to keep on top of this without information from message boards? Do you really think that "they" don't know about every device sold capable of tuning HDTV?
-- Mike Scott