Monday 08 March 2004

Losing Control of Your TV

I am not sure what to make of this news item from Technology Review which I found via Lockergnome:

In the future, the Motion Picture Association of America will control your television set. Every TV sold in the United States will come equipped with an electronic circuit that will search incoming TV programs for a tiny electronic "flag." The MPAA's members will control this flag, putting it into broadcast movies and television shows as they see fit. If the flag is present, your TV will go into a special high-security mode and lock down its high-quality digital outputs. If you want to record a flagged program, you'll have to do so on analog tape or on a special low-resolution DVD. Any recording will be limited to analog-quality sound. This security measure is not designed to protect the television from viruses or computer hackers - it's designed to protect TV programs from you.

This future arrives on July 1, 2005.

I was able to ignore all the uproar over the RIAA and MP3s and Ripping off CDs since I had no use for the technology (I am hard of hearing) but now I have to sit up and watch what my little world is turning into...

The first paragraph of the Technology Review article also reminds me of The Outer Limits; I am not sure if the author had this in mind when writing though.