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Mario Becroft

Re: How is this going to help; cost to consumers

"Not necessarily. 4K BluRay players haven't been cracked AFAIK because they demand locked-down dedicated players AND protected hardware paths from end to end. That includes the TV (splitters can be detected and blocked with HDMI 2.0+ IIRC)...."

It's only a matter of a short time before these new technical measures are circumvented. Yes, HDMI has progressively introduced an absurd level of hardware lock-down including measurement of the cable transmission line characteristics to detect tampering. It is still possible to spoof these checks, or simply step around them by, say, a) extracting the video signal from a compliant television at the point where it is stored in the framebuffer or drawn to the LCD panel; or b) copying decrypted video stream or decoded frames from a computer's main memory.

An interesting point is how much all of this lock-down is costing the consumer. Implementing DRM software and hardware requires programmers, signal processing and analogue chip design engineers who do not come gratis; and hardware that costs silicon area and hence cash (and possibly patent license fees) per unit. Let alone all the overheads of standards committees and the like. Perhaps if purveyors of audiovideo content, and computer and TV manufacturers, scrapped all these overheads and passed on the savings to consumers in lower-cost film prices, consumers might be more likely to pay for the content.

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