With the shadow of Digital TV growing, there could be some unexpected surprises in the future ahead. While Digital TV is definately going to be the next best thing in the world of Television, some of the things we're used to might not be there when Digital TV steps up to the plate.
Television broadcasters are required to switch to digital, copy-protected signals by January 1, 2007. When this happens, more than 300 million televisions and VCRs will be useless.Notice that these quotes state that your TV's and VCR's will be useless.. not could. Of course, I'm sure new technology will move in to fill that void, but it's still the principle of it all that gets my feathers ruffled.
The draft being considered by the House subcommittee also lays the groundwork for "broadcast flag" content protection. Broadcasters would send their video encoded with a security "flag" that would prevent customers from taping a program on one system and moving it to another for viewing. The FCC should require all digital devices to contain such copy controls by January 1, 2006, according to the subcommittee's draft recommendation.
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