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HP, Philips gain FCC nod on content protection

Posted: 10 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hewlett-packard? philips? video? dvd+r? dvd+rw?

Hewlett-Packard and Philips announced that their video content protection system (VCPS), formerly called Vidi, has received approval from the United States Federal Communications Commission and will be offered to manufacturers through a license program.

VCPS-enabled products will allow consumers to record video from digital television (DTV) broadcasts under the FCC's Broadcast Flag regulation. VCPS is designed to be used with DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD+R DL optical discs.

The Hewlett-Packard and Philips announcement comes a day after Thomson received FCC approval to employ its SmartRight digital content protection system. The activity indicates electronics suppliers are scrambling to protect their technology investments as they seek to meet future standards.

As of July 1, 2005, FCC regulations will require manufacturers of digital television devices, including digital video recorders, to use FCC-approved content protection technology.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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