Saturday, 1 November 2008

FREESAT DVB CONTENT PROTECTION AND COPY MANAGEMENT.

FREESAT DVB CONTENT PROTECTION AND COPY MANAGEMENT.

FREESAT DVB CONTENT PROTECTION AND COPY MANAGEMENT is a system for Content Protection and Copy Management of commercial digital content delivered to consumer products.
What does this mean to Joe Bloggs?
Possible sources for commercial digital content include broadcast, cable, satellite and terrestrial. Internet based services, packaged media and mobile services, amongst others.
The graphic which can be enlarged by clicking on it, shows what our T.V. future looks like.
Content Protection and Copy Management is intended for use in protecting all types of commercial content, ie; audio and video.
Content Protection and Copy Management is only concerned with content AFTER it has been aquired, it does not concern itself with the Conditional Access or Digital Rights Management that protected the content on it's way to the consumer.
The Digital Video Broadcasting Content Protection and Copy Management will use boundaries which again shows on the graphic and will be classed as an Authorized Domain and will apply to a single household and can be copied or exported within that Authorized Domain.
It should be pointed out that this is not pie-in-sky, the Content Protection and Copy Management is now a formal standard by ETSI in June 2008.
Is it news to you ? then you read it here first!

2 comments:

swedish cook said...

When all the content is transmitted unencrypted the application of a copy protect flag honoured by freesat boxes alone is bizarre and ridiculous.

Over time other (non-freesat) boxes will come that quite legally use the freesat EPG data without being officially freesat.

This will make the situation even more ridiculous - cheap boxes will be able to archive copy protected content legally whilst more expensive freesat boxes cannot.

If Freesat wanted to ensure that it was one thing or the other (i.e. no copy restrictions or nice EPG but not both) then they should have encrypted the EPG data.

If some of the other (frankly stupid) restrictions, like not being able to organise your own channel list in the EPG, aren't relaxed, then the "freesat" logo on a product will become something to positively avoid ..... Freesat need to reconsider what they are trying to do with this branding.

Domain Holdings. said...

Hello SC, you have very good points there and we agree with a lot of your thread.
The phrase;
"Content Protection and Copy Management is only concerned with content AFTER it has been acquired, it does not concern itself with the Conditional Access or Digital Rights Management that protected the content on it's way to the consumer."
this phrase makes pointed directions about possible introduction of encryption or rights management once your choice of programme has been downloaded to your (for example) High Definition Recorder. Maybe this would be in the general idea of Pay-Per-View from the internet but the precise mechanism is still too early to be precise. It does point out that whatever you as a viewer pay for, you are not allowed to share it with your next door neighbour for example. It also directs the reader into thinking that it does not expect a whole street to be watching the same programme, but it sort of points to the idea that if that street had 100 viewers they could all be watching different programmes and have their individual programmes restricted within their household or household boundaries. This would have a devastating effect on T.V. as we all know it and makes you wonder who the minority viewer will be; ie; the internet viewer using the ethernet port from your chosen freesat equipment, the sky viewer with the eternal pay to view box of tricks, or the viewer who only watches the T.V. when it's raining outside.
regards;...:)