HP, Philips to License Video Content Protection System
Aug 6, 2004
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Business appliance maker HP and electonics company Philips announced that its Video Content Protection System (VCPS), formerly called Vidi, has received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and will now be offered to manufacturers through a license program.

According to the companies, VCPS-enabled products will allow consumers to record video from digital television (DTV) broadcasts under the FCC's Broadcast Flag regulation. VCPS was designed for use with DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R DL optical discs.

The FCC adopted the Broadcast Flag rules as a content protection mechanism for digital broadcast television. The Broadcast Flag is a digital code that can be embedded into a digital broadcasting stream and signals DTV reception equipment to prevent indiscriminate redistribution of digital broadcast content over the Internet. The use of VCPS in digital video discs and recorders make it possible for consumers to record digital broadcasts that are protected by the Broadcast Flag onto a DVD+R/+RW disc, and enjoy TV programming protected by the FCC rules.

After July 2005, FCC regulations require manufacturers of digital video recorders to use FCC-approved content protection technology when recording U.S. digital television broadcasts that are marked with the Broadcast Flag. VCPS is said to be easily integrated in PCs, DVD recorders and players, and in optical discs. The use of this technology does not increase the cost of the manufacturing process of DVD+R/+RW discs.

"The technical features and license terms of the Video Content Protection System show once again that DVD+RW offers the industry lower cost and higher performance," said Frank Simonis, global marketing manager, of Philips Optical Storage. "At the same time, the new technology provides the content industry with the protection they need while maintaining the usability and convenience of the DVD+RW format."

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