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[Eng] FCC Wants Your Opinion on MPAA's Latest DRM Proposal

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Last month you let us know in the comments how you felt about the MPAA's latest effort to close the analog hole -- by removing the FCC's ban on selectable output control (SOC), giving them the ability to remotely disable the analog output on your cable box -- now try telling someone who can actually do something about it. The FCC has opened the petition to public comment until June 25, and replies to comments by July 7. Currently, the MPAA is arguing that allowing SOC will actually hasten the digital transition, once it feels comfortable offering early release flicks on HD video-on-demand, people will have more incentive to upgrade their TV sets. Of course, owners of older HDTVs without HDMI connections or anyone else who'd rather use analog outs would be left in the dark, and Ars Technica notes the EFF and Home Recording Rights Coalition have already spoken out against the plan. Give the MPAA's proposal a read then let the FCC know which side of the line you fall on before it's too late.
Source [Engadget]
Original Source [Ars Technica]

**EDIT**
Here is an explanation of what the MPAA wants

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Movies go through a timeline of staged releases that lasts about three years. First they go to theaters; 60 days after that they start showing up in airplanes and hotels; in 120 days from their theatrical release they transfer to DVD and Internet download; about a month later to video on demand/pay-per-view; by the end of the year to premium subscription systems like HBO and Showtime; and eventually to basic cable and free TV.

MPAA says these studios want to release their movies to multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) "significantly earlier and prior to DVD release"—although the trade groups' filing won't say exactly how much sooner. But in exchange for the accelerated service, MPAA wants permission to obtain SOC blocking of recording capabilities. The group promises that once said movies have reached the home video sale/rental stage, the blocking will stop.
Source [Ars Technica]
Edited by rabidgnome229 - 6/11/08 at 8:03pm
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post #2 of 34
Eh, I've got full HDMI Pathways in my home theater setup even on my media center, so no worrie's here. Besides there is always HDMI transcoders, etc, so even if this passe's someone will always find a way around it like always.
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Sorry but if anybody agrees with what the MPAA is doing, you official fail at life, and need to be perma-banned from the internet.
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Well it's my opinion to keep some older analog aspects still available to people, it would be like having a video card that only has DVI outputs (like mine) but not give you a free adapter to an older DSUB fitting type, and not be able to run an older monitor on it that is not DVI capable.
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Remotely disabling analog outputs from a cable box?!?!

Why should anyone give a damn about how I'm hooking up my TV to a cable box? Come on people, my cable box doesn't even have a digital out.
Edited by mrtn400 - 6/11/08 at 7:49pm
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Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
Remotely disabling analog outputs from a cable box?!?!

Why should anyone give a damn about how I'm hooking up my TV to a cable box? Come on people, my cable box doesn't even have a digital out.
lol wuts this digital???






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The not using analogue is fine.... DISABLING THEM FROM REMOTE... NO!... that means that they monitor that port and see what you are doing with it... recording... anything... they are watching what you watch... want that??!
    
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post #8 of 34
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Perhaps a bit more explanation of the MPAA's position is in order

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Movies go through a timeline of staged releases that lasts about three years. First they go to theaters; 60 days after that they start showing up in airplanes and hotels; in 120 days from their theatrical release they transfer to DVD and Internet download; about a month later to video on demand/pay-per-view; by the end of the year to premium subscription systems like HBO and Showtime; and eventually to basic cable and free TV.

MPAA says these studios want to release their movies to multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) "significantly earlier and prior to DVD release"—although the trade groups' filing won't say exactly how much sooner. But in exchange for the accelerated service, MPAA wants permission to obtain SOC blocking of recording capabilities. The group promises that once said movies have reached the home video sale/rental stage, the blocking will stop.
Source [Ars Technica]
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This is a terrible idea, if you want a format or standard to die out, it will eventually die out on it's own. It doesn't make any sense to anger customers by disabling analogue ports, I for one still use analogue ports for my TV.
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