Will HDTV antipiracy plan unplug digital networks?

Yes not exactly news or a new argument, but important nonetheless. We’ve had this BS since the VCR… Unfortunately I don’t think the consumer will win here unless some serious lobbying gets into play.

Hollywood wants to control the connections used in new high-definition TV sets. If it wins, home video recording may never be the same again, critics say. [CNET News.com]

Hollywood studios and TV companies have said they can’t afford to release their best material on new high-definition digital networks if it is likely to be copied and redistributed online or elsewhere. As a result, they have successfully pressed Congress and the FCC to add copy-protection guarantees to several ongoing regulatory proceedings aimed at speeding digital TV to market.

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