HP, Philips develop DRM for digital broadcasts

HP, Philips develop DRM for digital broadcasts

Industry heavyweights HP and Philips are joining forces to develop new copy protection technology for DVD optical discs.

The two companies have agreed to jointly develop technology that will allow users to record protected content from digital broadcast systems, under rules adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its “broadcast flag” ruling.

The ruling allows programmers to attach a code, called a broadcast flag, to digital broadcasts, specifying whether — if at all — a particular show can be copied and broadcast over the Internet.

HP and Philips said they had already submitted their planned technology in a filing to the FCC. The new technology would allow users to copy digital broadcasts signals on discs using either DVD+R or DVD+RW formats — among the most popular today — as well as other recording formats, the companies said.

HP also said that it had agreed to license Intel’s high-bandwidth digital content protection technology.

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