[mythtv-users] Okay, slow down, HDTV idiot here...
J. Donavan Stanley
jdonavan at jdonavan.net
Sat Jul 17 13:30:26 EDT 2004
Doug Larrick wrote:
> Cory Papenfuss wrote:
>>>> Or they'll provide a firewire output port like the FCC told them to...
>>> Which will be required, by the broadcast flag rules, to be encrypted.
>> Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that the
>> broadcast flag is a "voluntary" (until it's mandated) thing. The
>> broadcast streams may have the broadcast flag set, but won't be
>> encrypted. In fact, the demod cards now (e.g. pcHDTV) must *still
>> work*, so the stream can't be encrypted.
> The broadcast flag is just that -- a flag in the ATSC headers that
> indicates that this material was broadcast. Older hardware is free to
> ignore the flag. Newer hardware must take special care to make sure
> it doesn't leak to the internet. It's cable TV that will have
> encrypted MPEG-TS.
My prediction? It's going to come back and bite them in the ass,
they'll learn that broadcast flag = reduce ratings since not even an
HDTV VCR (if they ever make one) would be allowed to record it and while
not everyone uses a PVR a LOT of people use a VCR.
Of course this still doesn't plug the gaping along hole. Create a
capture card with composite inputs and record off of your cable box...
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