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Originally posted by Dean McManis:
Also, the moment a new manufacturer formally releases any digitally encrypted product is the day that the first class action lawsuits are filed.
This is because unless the manufacturers provide a technology to adapt current HDTV compliant displays with the copy protection enabled DTV decoders, all of the current 500,000 DTV displays (not counting millions of monitors and FPTVs) will be rendered obsolete for DTV viewing.
The HDTV subset of DTV viewing would be rendered obsolete, but no one is advocating total DTV viewing elimination for any of the competing schemes. The only mitigating difference this makes is that displays not advertised as HDTV capable, but only digital would not generally be included in the class action suit.
|Originally posted by Dean McManis:|
Anyone without the de-encryption circuitry would only be able to see the regular 480i version. As far as I've seen, there hasn't really been any 480p SDTV programming released via DSS. There are DSS decoders that upconvert regular 480i NTSC material to 480p or 1080i, but that's not natively any higher resolution than 480i NTSC material.
I don't see a simple solution. the MPAA wants all movies released in 480i or encrypted 1080i format. So if they get what they want, no one will see any movies in higher native resolution than 480i, and they will have to have DVI/HDCP, 5C/Firewire, or DFAST compliant equipment to view higher resolution material.