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High-def DVD encryption may require support from HDTV displays

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High-def DVD encryption may require support from HDTV displays

Yesterday morning, Ars Technica’s Ken Fisher mused about the encryption scheme most likely to find its way into next-generation high-definition DVD players, no matter what the final standard becomes. Fisher notes that High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), pioneered by Intel, appears to be an end-to-end encryption scheme that will require decryption support at the HDTV display, not just the high-def player. This may open inroads for program encryption by content providers; and it might also, Fisher believes, lock out Microsoft, or at least put a kink in its own DRM plans.

Read Fisher’s complete column(Ars Technica)