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CableLabs approves VCPS technology

Posted: 26 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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

CableLabs announced today that it has approved the VCPS technology jointly developed by Philips and Hewlett-Packard that enables consumers to enjoy home recordings of certain high-value cable programming.

Under the FCC plug & play rules, CableLabs may approve new digital outputs and recording technologies for use in unidirectional Digital Cable Ready (DCR) devices. The Video Content Protection System (VCPS) allows cable content marked as "copy once" to be burned onto VCPS-enabled DVD+R and DVD+RW optical digital media.

The CableLabs approval extends to all DCR products complying with standards and regulations applicable to unidirectional digital cable products, as well as to both unidirectional and bi-directional products built to the OpenCable specifications.

A separate license from Philips is required for VCPS adopters to obtain the information and licensing rights needed to implement the recording technology.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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