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Here's an article that just appeared in Broadcasting & Cable;


"Faced with a hostile reaction to the broadcast industry’s preferred copy-protection method, Viacom Inc.-owned CBS is threatening to cease all high-definition programming during the 2003-2004 season.


A CBS boycott of HDTV would be a blow to the government’s effort to generate consumer and equipment-maker interest in the switch to digital transmissions.


Besides airing all 18 of its prime time comedies and dramas in HD, CBS has offered an impressive lineup of HD sports. That includes the 2001 Super Bowl, the NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters Golf tournament during the last three years.


A variety of industry groups, including Silicon Valley companies and consumer-equipment makers, argued that the so-called broadcast flag will not be effective in preventing unauthorized streaming of copied programming over the net and is not necessary to ensure that high-quality digital programming is made available for free over-the-air broadcasts.


In the meantime, consumers might face diminished home recording rights, the critics said.


Broadcasters and Hollywood, however, said HD movies and other valuable programming will not be made available to stations unless the government imposes an effective copy-protection mechanism for over-the-air transmissions."



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