[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: HDTV, patents, DRM
Tue Mar 14 23:50:39 CET 2006
Dave Dodge wrote:
> True, though the content providers keep trying to add a "broadcast flag"
> to the system.
I think this is a big factor that holds up adoption of HD content--
providers aren't willing to throw the switch unless they have some
assurance that the consumers can't save the raw data wholesale (I know,
it's a pipe dream on their part).
> I imagine he's talking about MPEG2 video, AC3 audio, and so on. I'm
> pretty sure basic decoding and playback of that stuff involves
> numerous patents in the US.
It's a factor in the U.K. as well which is one reason that the BBC
funded development of that Dirac video codec.
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