Wednesday, August 22, 2007

CableLabs Approves DTCP-IP Content Protection

CableLabs has approved Digital Transmission Copy Protection (DTCP)-IP technology for protection of cable content using Internet Protocol for unidirectional and bidirectional digital cable products. DTCP provides a means of securing links between consumer electronics device, protecting against unauthorized copying and unauthorized Internet retransmission, while assuring consumers' ability to record broadcast and subscription programming in digital formats for personal use. . This would enable cable subscribers to enjoy digital cable programming, including high-definition and VOD cable content, on consumer electronics devices and personal computers on digital home networks.

The approval was reached in cooperation with Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Technical Operations, CableLabs and the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator (DTLA). The approval permits CableLabs licensees under DFAST, CHILA, and DCAS to protect pay-per-view and video-on-demand transmissions

"The agreement we reached today addresses the highly complex concerns raised by the affected parties-cable, content, and consumer electronics- and brings benefits to consumers," said Dr. Richard R. Green, President and CEO of CableLabs.

In conjunction with this agreement, DTLA has withdrawn a related petition at the FCC. CableLabs previously had approved DTCP for protection of content over the IEEE 1394 interface.


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