At the MPAA’s behest, the FCC granted Selectable Output Control, which means you won’t be able to record certain “high value” stuff off your TV, ZeroPaid reports:
So what will a world of TV DRM look like? You don’t have to look far to find comparisons. Just look at the CD vs. the DVD. The CD doesn’t have much in the way of limitations and it can be used anywhere in the world. The DVD has DRM encoded on to each disc and now you suddenly can’t skip ads encoded in to the movie. You also have to worry about region codes, so it really depends on what place in the world you can watch specific movies.
On the CD, you can copy the contents and make back-ups. On the DVD, you can’t legally make a back-up copy as long as the local laws prohibit anti-circumvention. Don’t worry, in countries that don’t have such laws, businesses are prospering as a result of other countries prohibiting the manufacturing and distribution of anti-circumvention technology. Good thing the US economy doesn’t need anything helping it at this time.
How happy are you that DRM is coming to your DVR?