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 FCC approves digital TV plug-and-play


This might be OT, but with those hoping for QAM or other means of PVRing Digital Cable, it might be of interest.


"The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to approve standards for equipment that lets digital cable plug directly into TV sets without the need for a set-top box and a tangle of extra wires. To watch pay television, consumers would insert into the set a security card provided by their cable service."


While it strictly mentions pay television, it very much of a stretch for all digital television? When all DTVs have these access cards, will they pull the STBs?


"The rules also set limits on the what copy protection cable and satellite TV providers can apply to their digital programming. The caps, modeled after existing copyright law, allow providers to prevent people from copying pay-per-view or video-on-demand shows. Viewers would be allowed to copy most other cable shows once for personal use and face no restrictions on copying over-the-air broadcasts. "
 

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Related report on BusinessWire cited at http://www.hdtvtwincities.com/pages/5/index.htm says, in part:


"Free over-the-air broadcast signals may be copied freely, and may not be reduced in resolution ("down-res'd") when output from unprotected high definition analog ports. ... Without the plug-and-play agreement's encoding rules, consumers who purchased introductory HDTV sets not equipped with copyprotection-designed digital outputs could be disenfranchised and altogether denied HDTV services and programming. This agreement ensures that today's DTV products will not be made obsolete in the course of a transformation to nationwide digital video delivery over cable."


Hope this FCC ruling stands up in court.
 
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