Archive for the ‘DRM’ Category

Say Goodbye To CableCARD DVRs

January 5, 2008

Imagine if you could record anything you want from any source. Imagine if you could install your DVR as easily as a TiVo Series2.

 That’s a long way from what cableCARD allows with its SDV limits, no PPV or VOD, copy flags, etc.

This new device records component HD and has not one but two HDMI inputs. It apparently records in mpeg4 format, has an SD slot for additional storage (portability?) and may cost $999 to start.

SlingMedia is introducting a box (PRO-HD) which records component HD for $399.

The day has finally come when you will never again here it costs too much to record analog HD for a consumer device.

Such devices can record from any source – cable, satellite, etc. You are no longer subject to cableCARD or proprietary standards.


The Beat Goes On

June 22, 2007

The other day I wrote about VeohTV, a “universal” application for viewing web video from various disparate sources.

Well you could see this coming from a mile away: arguing over issues related to “recording” those video streams.

And the beat goes on.

Lingua Franca? Veoh TV

June 20, 2007

A new way of watching video on the Net is coming in late June which will cross many garden walls…


I don’t usually sign up for betas, but this seemed pretty cool.

Its a software player that will have access to a large number of major sources of video content on the web. No more browser plug-in – and a different player for every site.

On top of all this universal translator for video streams stuff…comes a DVR! You can record the streams to your computer’s hard drive for later viewing.

Now this I must see. )

DRM to DCE ??????

May 10, 2007

HBO Chief Technology Officer Bob Zitter wants to stop using the term DRM and start saying DCE – Digital Consumer Enablement. The only problem is it sounds like he just wants more control and revenue opportunities at every step of the use of content. When he mentions consumers would be able to use content in new ways, that comes with an additional fee for each way.

Is the content industry really this Soviet in their thinking?

Jobs and DRM

February 9, 2007

The other day Steve Jobs stepped out and said the magic words, DRM is passe for music. Jobs is not crazy, he’s just ahead of the curve again. He’s not the first, but his words carry the weight that bring such debates to the forefront and lead to reform.

The business of selling music files will not continue to be robust unless DRM is dropped. My favorite analogy for these types of situations (you have to be over 40) is the dropping of copy prevention on PC software diskettes which led to an explosion in the software industry. Music is approaching that point in its history.

Music has been available unprotected on CDs. Those files are much higher quality than what is sold online for download. DRM downloads can be converted to non-DRM files now – legally and illegally. Removing DRM on downloads will not cause a piracy impact greater than the surge in sales, but the opposite by a wide margin.

Good business is where you find it (which I learned from RoboCop 🙂 ) Let the piracy begin and the revenues keep filling the sales.

Zune Deal Advances Digital Content Rights

November 13, 2006

More news on the DOD/DRM Front

In exchange for per device payments, UMG is permiting MSFT’s Zune players greater freedom in using the music content purchased through the Zune store. Zune players can share music wirelessly, allowing the receiver to play songs three times over three days.

MSFT hopes to make such deals with other music publishers – and presumably other content providers. The publishers get paid for allowing their music to be “advertised” or “viral marketed” at the risk of perhaps some abuse from repeat sharing (unless there’s a way to stop that.)

This is a ground breaking agreement for digital content usage and bodes well for the future.

More details…

Microsoft and Universal Make Zune Deal  

Universal Music Group (UMG) and Microsoft Corp Announce Landmark Agreement

CEA to FCC: Expedite Two-Way Products

November 12, 2006

An article in Multichannel News (Zatz) describes a new proposal filed with the FCC by the CEA (Nov 7) to further advance toward full DCR functionality and parity with low end STBs. The NCTA’s response the next day appears to be “hey, we already gave you OCAP…”

The only genuinely interesting use of CableCards so far has been the DVR. How about a CC Slingbox? Nothing really innovative has passed CableLabs yet. Not even a CC device with an active eSata port, let alone network functionality with video.

Now that MSFT needs this (full DCR functionality) we’ll see how much that additional muscle moves things along. I suspect their streaming approach and significant DRM stature will give them reasonable success.

CEA to FCC: Expedite Two-Way Products

iPod Cracked

October 24, 2006

Maybe TiVo can use Jon’s work to get iTunes content working under HMO.

Too bad TiVo is too small for him to work on, especially with the S3’s restrictions.

    Hacker ‘DVD Jon’ claims to have cracked iPod, iTunes restrictions

     – Oct 24, 2006 04:54 PM (AP Online)