Thursday, June 15, 2006

Download-and-Burn movies getting closer

At least, according to Engadget. And hey, who wouldn't want to use one of these things (except perhaps an MPAA member, if he's still spooked about copy protection, etc.) But that's exactly what Engadget is talking about in their post, which is quite something:
Download-and-Burn might just become the new mantra of the MPAA yet. Recently, the studios dropped their asinine controversial demands to retrofit set-top DVD players and DVD-ROM drives with expensive watermark detection technology. Instead, the demand is now limited to new devices with enhanced features such as the ability to burn downloaded movies or support managed copy; not to your run-of-the mill living room DVD player. Under the proposal, these so-called "enhanced devices" would also have to incorporate HDCP on all digital outputs as well as CGMS-A on analog outs in an effort to curb piracy.
So aside from the fact that the MPAA will insist on breaking our content and owning the way in which we consume media, it may become slightly less expensive and more convenient to do so in the near future if these kiosks gain some traction.

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