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Despite opposition from cable companies and consumer electronics manufacturers, and despite a different decision by rival service Starz, HBO and Cinemax will be setting their Subscription Video On Demand content flags to "copy never" instead of "copy once." So, any recording devices adhering to the CGMS standard will no longer be able to record/timeshift such programming. More details at this ArsTechnica article .


This isn't too surprising since SVOD is a different market from linear cable, and otherwise arguably makes recording large numbers of programs even easier. But since availability of SVOD content typically expires at the end of the broadcast month, the argument that there's no legitimate need to timeshift VOD material doesn't hold water. It does greatly lower the convenience and value factors for some, which might stymie the growth of subscription VOD in comparison to services whose content availability doesn't expire, like the online DVD rental services.


Subscription VOD has been projected by some to eventually put a squeeze on other forms of content delivery, such as the online rental market--but the "copy never" flag could hinder growth by inconveniencing and confusing potential customers.
 

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I really thought Blockbusters would have had their own cable/sat VOD channel by now, showing exclusive content. It could happen, but they'd probably have recording options disabled anyway.
 

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Originally posted by plain fan
I currently use VOD but everyone else calls it DVD.
As Ahhnold says, "That's a good one". :)


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