FCC TO REQUIRE ANTI-PIRACY FEATURES IN DIGITAL TVS, VCRS

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Mon Sep 18 20:04:46 MDT 2000


The FCC announced Thursday controversial new rules that require
next generation VCRs, TVs, and set-top boxes to include
technology that prevents consumers from pirating digital cable TV
programs.  In addition, the FCC approved three types of
cable-ready digital TV sets that will not be required to receive
all over-the-air digital signals.  The FCC says the new rules
will clarify equipment standards and make digital set-top boxes
more readily available from consumer electronics retailers.
Hollywood and cable operators support the FCC's decision, which
they believe will make more digital TV programming available as
piracy concerns decrease.  However, electronics makers fear that
the decision could delay the rollout of digital TV equipment for
six to nine months, causing consumer disillusionment in digital
TV.  Electronics makers say they might try to block the FCC rules
through litigation, while consumer groups are voicing their own
concerns about the FCC's decision.
(Los Angeles Times, September 15 2000)

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