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EchoStar and DirecTV have signed on to support a next generation digital interface standard designed to prevent consumers from pirating digital movies off of their satellite dish.

The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification combines high-definition video and multi-channel audio into one digital interface. Electronics manufacturers, including Hitachi, Matsu****a Electric, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson multimedia and Toshiba are developing the interface for future products such as digital televisions, DVD players, set-top boxes and other digital A/V products.

David Baylor, executive vice president of DirecTV, called the group's formation "an important step toward delivering consumers a more robust selection of high-definition content and digital receiving devices."

Today most major studios will not provide digital content to the satellite providers because they fear that someone will try to record it. "We can't get the big movies to give us HDTV movies," said EchoStar spokesperson Marc Lumpkin. "And we want their content." The company will include the standard in future set-top boxes, Lumpkin said. EchoStar has a high-definition recording device coming out later this year or early next year that may include the standard, he said.

David Kummer, senior vice president of engineering at EchoStar, said the company is "very pleased" the HDMI working group has formed to define the first uncompressed digital audiovisual interface for consumer electronics devices.

The standard may be getting ahead of congressional action. Last month, Commerce Committee Chairman Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) introduced a bill that would require that the content, technology and consumer electronics industries work with consumer groups to set a digital media device standard to protect digital piracy.

From http://www.skyreport.com (Used with permission)
 

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Guess that means that no one will be allowed to PVR or VCR any hi-def films....
 

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Just another idiotic device to prevent the regular joe from making a copy of a film for himself yet do nothing to prevent the real pirate from getting what he wants anyway and then having a larger market because the regular joe can't make his own personal copy.

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DVI is just another attempt to eliminate "fair use" from copyright law. I'm glad I have a HD receiver now that supports the analog outputs.

This is the same argument that Hollywood used 20 years ago when the VCR was going to destroy them. Did it happen? No? Now a day's, 50% of Hollywood's income is due to the VCR.

Even with a Broadband internet connection how long do you think it would take to down load an HD movie?

The real pirates will eventually get around this like everything else Hollywood has done to protect their "intellectual property".

What is the real solution? Keep the prices low enough that it isn't worth getting a pirated, inferior quality movie.
 
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