I caught this on Paid Content today… Of course Japan only for the moment, but still very cool and goes well beyond what we can do in the states, both with bandwidth and with the content.
“Hikari de DVD” is the first video content distribution system to combine the capabilities of a high speed Fiber to the Home (FTTH) broadband network, with the versatility of a DVD recorder able to support downloads of movies and music to a DVD-RAM disc.
The service adopts DVD-VR (video recording), the standard format for DVD recorders, allowing it to achieve a high level of usability. The service uses Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM), a standard content protection technology for DVD recorders, in a digital rights management (DRM) system that supports a high level security for content distribution.
The system supports both rental and sales of content. Rented content can be viewed for a certain period, while purchased content can be viewed repeatedly. [DVD Recordable]