renard writes: "The LA Times is running a
story, which I have not seen mirrored elsewhere, on
how the TV manufacturers are banding together to encrypt
digital television. The stated goal: you watch when - and only when - the broadcasters say you can watch. No duplication (well - maybe analog); no
friend Rep. Rick Boucher raises the question of whether this will undermine
consumers' fair use rights. Undermine? How about `obliterate'?"
One quibble with the article - when it talks about Firewire, it actually means the Digital Transmission Content Protection
spec., which is implemented over Firewire. So your television may exchange data with various other boxen via Firewire connections, but data passing over them will be encrypted and will only pass with the permission of the copyright holder.