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This is a message I copied from a Panasonic newsgroup. I can't verify the accuracy of the post. Perhaps some on this board have an idea of the meaning and intent of response from Panasonic.


"I posted a little diatribe on Panasonic's HDTV board about the upcoming

disablement of HDTV on our sets... to my surprise, they actually approved it

and responded. However, the response was vague (as typical), but they did drop

some interesting tidbits of information. Everybody please go to this URL and

copy/print this page in the event that they decide to remove it. Mailing it to

yourself via certified mail in order to prove the message existed might not be

a bad idea either in the event that there is ever a lawsuit brought against

consumer electronics manufacturers.


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Subject: RE: Panasonic and DVI/Firewire C5/HDCP

Date: Mon Jul 30 [7:10 PM]

Posted By: MG - Panasonic ()


All current HDTV-ready TV’s in the market today act in the same way. Currently,

Panasonic does not incorporate digital decoding built-into our digital

television, a Set Top Box decoder is necessary to decode digital programming.

Similarly a cable box or satellite receiver is needed to de-scramble certain

programming that cable/satellite service providers distribute. Whatever copy

protection schemes are put into use, by service providers, they will always

provide customers a method to decode and view their programming. Matsushita

parent company is one of the original members of the 5C consortium, which uses

the IEEE1394/DTCP standard. Hollywood studios on the other hand, endorse the

DVI/HDCP standard. What this means is that somewhere in the distant future,

when products with high-tech copy-protection schemes are introduced there will

be 2 competing standards.


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So, what does this mean? Panasonic knew the sets would be obsolete well in

advance?"


-- Robert

 

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Robert- please list the URL you refer to.


Note the reference to "distant future"--if there are 2 competing standards, it could take years for the big companies to sort it out( I hope)
 

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Here's the link: http://140.212.202.153/scripts/hyper...l&message=3278


I'm a concerned Panasonic PT56WXF95 owner as well. Looks to me like Panasonic is going to tell us early adopters to take a walk - straight to the nearest CE store to buy the next generation of vapor-ware.


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Oh Great! Not only are we gonna get one anti-copying scheme, now we're gonna bet "BOTH" competing systems!!!!!! (HDCP & DTCP). Folks, maybe we need to quit buying any of this equipment until they get their heads screwed on right. Maybe we should also hold off on buying, renting or even going to any more movies in order to send the MPAA a similar message. Since the only thing any of these entities seem to understand or respect is money . . . let's quit giving it to them for awhile and send our own message!


(...of course I know none of this will ever get off the ground, but wouldn't it be nice to put the screws to them for a change!...)


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Don't worry, those gutless twits in Hollywood are always making threats but never keep their promises. Recall that band of actors who promised to leave the country if Bush got the presidency? Well, they're still here, living in my country. FWIW- I have been boycotting the movie theaters for 20 years!


The one thing is certain, if VOD, PPV and the movie channels represent a big chunk of their income, they won't want that to stop and will do everything possible to make sure we, the consumers of their craft will have access to it in a way we want. If they don't, then we will find a replacement for them.


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