DTV HDTV HDMI HDCP DVI = BAD DRM
by JIMMY PALMER
DRMBlog, publication date: 15 May 2006
"Both the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray organizations are quick to point out that none of the first movies that are being released actually implement the protection flag and assure us there is nothing to worry about. The fact remains that all HDCP devices must comply with the protection flag, and the protection flag is turned on by the content makers and not the hardware makers. There is nothing illegal about what these electronics manufacturers are doing but it is certainly unethical that they are not educating their customers.
If you think this is not a problem or that the buyer should beware then please consider some recent research from Scientific-Atlanta and Forrester Research. By the end of 2006 there will be 16 million U.S. households with HDTV sets and at that time only 7 million of them will actually be getting HDTV reception. Of the people that have HDTV sets now only 51% were actually using any of their HD capability. Twenty-Five percent of the people with HDTV were hooked up to standard cable but thought they were watching HDTV because at the beginning of television shows they saw a message that said 'Broadcast in HDTV where available'."