Microsoft easing up on DVD restrictions – now the others
Tech giant Microsoft is bound to release a new version of the XP range Operating Systems. With Windows XP Media Center Edition it hopes to gain access to the entertainment industry and it has already showed its power, by changing the way the system handles copied DVD discs.
Media Center will incoorporate several technologies to prevent piracy of digital media, but Microsoft has decided to ease the restrictions a little. There will however still be enough protection, so much the average CD Freak will probably keep their hands off it.
We got a lot of customer, partner and analyst feedback,” said Michael Toutonghi, vice president of the Windows eHome Division at Microsoft. “People felt we took an overly conservative approach.” The change in policy could make Media Center more attractive to consumers this fall, when Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to release the first product to incorporate the operating system. The device will start selling at around $1,500.
“It’s actually a huge leap, this announcement,” said Paul-Jon McNealy, research director at GartnerG2. “I think opening the portability up makes it a much more appealing device.” The Media Center will still come with some copy-prevention measures built in, however, in the form of a broadcasting standard called CGMS/A, short for copy-guard management system/analog.
Though this standard is relatively unknown, it could be used by broadcasters who do not want viewers to make copies of shows as they are aired. Microsoft’s Toutonghi said 99 percent of broadcast television shows are aired free of CGMS/A copy restrictions. But that’s something that could change if Media Center gains traction with consumers.
Unfortunately, as mentioned the OS still has a lot of copy protection features and has a lot of restrictions. Read more here.
Source: Washington Post
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