I read this article today in the San Jose Mercury Newspaper. Here is the article: Posted on Wed, Apr. 17, 2002 TECH TICKER ANTI-PIRACY 6 TV makers, studios add copy protection Six of the nation's leading television manufacturers have joined with major film studios to add copy protection features to digital television sets that would address Hollywood's concerns about piracy -- even as it potentially renders older digital TV sets obsolete. Giant TV makers Sony, Thomson/RCA and Panasonic are developing a new digital interface -- or plug -- on the back of television sets that would scramble the video signal that travels from a set-top box to the TV, and prevent consumers from making digital copies. The first of these sets will begin appearing in stores next year. The technology -- created with Sunnyvale chip designer Silicon Image, is designed to give Hollywood a secure means for distributing content to American homes. The initiative received warm endorsements from Universal and Fox studios -- and the nation's leading direct satellite broadcasters, Echostar and DirecTV. But manufacturers acknowledge that the vast majority of the 2.5 million digital TV sets sold to consumers since the digital television revolution began in 1998 would be incompatible with this new standard.