[opendtv] Re: FCC CHAIRMAN PROPOSAL TO UNLOCK THE SET-TOP BO
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:40:46 -0500
On Feb 2, 2016, at 6:08 PM, John Shutt (Redacted sender "shuttj" for DMARC)
Given a nationwide standard to adhere to, there is no reason why today's
smart TVs couldn't be built to be addressable for rights management, just as
cable companies' STBs are currently addressable.
Yes the rights management issue "can" be addressed with software. But the
Wheeler proposal does not ask for this. It specifically says that the standard
should accommodate multiple standards, and competition in the DRM market:
The proposal does not propose a single mandated security system, but rather
simply requires MVPDs to offer at least one content protection system that is
openly licensed on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. This will allow
each MVPD to determine the content protection systems it deems sufficient to
prevent theft and misuse, and will not impede the introduction of new content
Then the tuner can be built into the TV. No STB required, unless the
consumer wants extra features such as DVR.
The tuner is the easy part. Supporting 2-way services like PPV and VOD is far
more complicated, as is rights management. Specifically, the proposal says:
Service discovery: Information about what programming is available to the
consumer, such as the channel listing and video-on-demand lineup, and what is
on those channels.
Entitlements: Information about what a device is allowed to do with content,
such as recording.
These issues are far more complex and vary significantly with each system.
Again, one or a few new standards could help, but that is not required by the
And, as I pointed out yesterday, building all of this into the TV may not open
up the market, or may needlessly require an external box anyway. It could mean
that you would choose a particular TV brand based on its capabilities including
user interface and app ecosystem. Today smart TV capabilities vary
significantly from one brand to another.
I am not arguing against building everything into the TV; just pointing out
that external boxes may enhance competition and provide more options for the
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