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New DRM Scheme Could Make Current DVD Players Obsolete

Posted on 06 January 2005 by

New DRM Scheme Could Make Current DVD Players Obsolete

Guess what? Your DVD player might now be obsolete.

Hewlett-Packard and Philips said Wednesday that they have developed a content-protection system for DVDs, designed to protect users from burning “protected” DTV broadcasts. The encryption system will be built into next-generation DVD players as well as media.

Without a player and disc using the new Video Content Protection Scheme (VTCS), DVD burners won’t be able to record digital video under the new regulations. That will mean that the enormous installed base of DVD players and burners may be forced into obsolescence, executives said.

The new Video Content Protection Scheme scheme is designed to work hand-in-glove with the new FCC “broadcast flag” initiative, scheduled to begin on July 1, 2005.

as seen on SlashDot

As more and more consumer electronics companys throw in with supporting the nefarious Broadcast Flag they’ll be collectively nerfing functionality you probably already take for granted now.