Monday, September 27, 2010

When did media decide 'not compliant'?

The introduction of Mass Printing and Newspapers was a plus.

The introduction of Broadcast Television was a plus.

The introduction of Twitter was a plus.

If twenty years ago somebody said that the you will be able to watch high definition movies streamed from the street cable, through the computer onto a 32 inch television, then you would think that would be a plus.

If that same someone said that you would be able to drive your people carrier, and have a great quality film played from the front, and viewable to both children in the rear seats then you would think that would be a plus.

Here is the DRM nonsense that is 'required' in order for the last two to work.


Question: If somebody compromised the encryption on those three standards and published the keys tomorrow would your convenience change?

Certainly your hardware would not stop working.

You might suddenly find that at home that older television, in the other room would now stream okay - no more blank screen and laptop 'not HDCP compliant' error messages.

You could rig an extra lead out the back of the 'in car' blu-ray player, and your partner could enjoy the film in the passenger seat on their Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Well the big news this week is that somebody just did cross off the first item (HDCP), and Intel have confirmed this.

I am sure there will be a concerted 'Chicken Little' campaign to try to convince you that the loss of HDCP is something to be regretted. Is your life any worse honestly?

Links and Further Reading:

The next convenience - high definition streaming without cables:

Wireless Display (WiDi):

Intel has built in HDCP to control which of your monitors/TVs will be 'allowed' to receive a stream.

HP Wireless TV connect:

As far as I can tell TV connect makes no restriction on which of your monitors/TVs can receive the stream.

How can I have less DRM in my living room?

  • Avoid buying Televisions by Sony or Toshiba
  • Avoid buying laptops from the same.
  • If you want a streaming device, then buy one that is Nvidia Ion or ARM based and skip Atom.
  • When you buy a new monitor, ensure it has DVI input and HDMI input so that you have two connection choices.
  • Test out your new Television, Monitor, and Laptop and ensure your streaming is unhindered. Immediately return any item which does not 'play nicely' and report it as defective to the shop.
  • Research before you dive in to wireless streaming - do you really want a box that restricts which monitor/television you can watch the stream on?

( I have deliberately avoided mentioning fruit names in the above list. Most people who own a pair of iSocks or an iBra already know they are holding hands with DRM, but it seems not to matter to them much, so why bother. )


Gary said...

Now that HDCP has been cracked, hopefully it will not be considered useful to include into the new HDbaseT combination ethernet cables.

This hdcp announcement does not bode well.

I am sure Intel's DCP LLC subsiduary, will be trying to tie up more deals to insert this antifeature in future cabling.

Gary said...

Here is what is coming next in 2013 / 2015 ... the removal of VGA and DVI output.

The manufacturers are saying:
"The DisplayPort connector interface provides backwards and forwards compatibility by supporting VGA and DVI output via certified adapters"

And that phrase "certified adapters" deserves some attention.

Just suppose that a 'certified adapter' is not an intelligentless piece of plastic, but instead is another extension of the 'not HDCP compliant' debacle.

So forcing you to only use display port, then 'offering' to backwards convert, once your output display has been 'verified'

That is my suspicion, but looks like we'll have to wait until 2013 to find out for sure.

Just hoping that Nvidia get back into the chip business, or ARM hit 3gz by 2013, so that I have an alternative to buying into this mess.

Perhaps we might be suprised by an emerging power launching into the processor race by 2013, stranger things have happened.

Gary said...

It's all go in the 'we control your media' world. Here is a long expected announcement about drm within the processor.

intel 'insider' in forthcoming core branded chips

The anti-feature is called 'Insider' and it will 'decide' what can and cannot be streamed.

From the article "to prevent streaming movies from being copied".
Problem with this feature is that it ties together software and hardware (choice goes out the window), and could prevent your free use of equipment you paid for.

Try websearching for 'hdcp not compliant' and you will see a catalog of example of just where hdcp has prevented legitimate use of consumer equipment, through misconfiguration or malfunction of the hdcp agent.