CableLabs stamps 'copy once' technology

January 2005
CED;Jan2005, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p8
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The article reports that CableLabs Inc. has approved a digital recording technology developed by Philips & Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co. for use in "Digital Cable Ready" products. Based on FCC guidelines for the so-called "broadcast flag," The Video Content Protection System (VCPS) enables content delivered over cable to be marked as "copy once," meaning it can be burned onto VCPS-enabled DVD-hR and DVD-RW optical media. It's expected that "copy once" will be applied to high-value content such as first-run shows and movies. Shows with a "copy freely" designation will not have such restrictions. CableLabs said the approval extends to all unidirectional DCR products, as well as to one-way and two-way products built to OpenCable specs.


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