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Encryption of HD over cable
Authored by: fredEFF on May 04, '04 01:54:31PM

As the author mentioned, many cable companies are encrypting their HD content for "content protection" purposes. He's wrong, however, when he says that it is illegal to encrypt broadcast stations (NBC, ABC, WB, etc) when carried on cable. This is true for analog cable, but the rules are unclear for digital cable (where all the HD is carried).

This issue is before the FCC right now, thanks in large part to my employer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). EFF has urged the FCC to apply the same rules to digital cable that apply to analog cable (no scrambling of broadcast programs). Here's a link to EFF's comments to the FCC.

It's no surprise that the MPAA is asking the FCC to require encryption of all HD content over cable. The cable and satellite companies, meanwhile, are urging the FCC to leave the decision up to them.

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