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FCC Gives Hollywood Permission To Deactivate Your Home Theater

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    FCC Says Hollywood Can Turn Off Parts Of Your Home Theater While You're Watching Movies

    Dan Frommer
    May. 8, 2010

    The FCC has given Hollywood permission to turn off the analog output jacks on your set-top box while you're watching some movies.

    The idea is to prevent piracy, obviously. And since you probably rent your set-top box from your cable or satellite company, it's not technically "yours" anyway.

    Boing Boing explains:

    The FCC has given Hollywood permission to activate the "Selective Output Control" technologies in your set-top box. These are hidden flags that allow the MPAA to deactivate parts of your home theater depending on what you're watching. And it sucks.

    As Dan Gillmor notes, "Fans of old TV science fiction will remember the Outer Limits. Given Hollywood's victory today at the FCC -- they'll be able to reach over the lines and disable functions on your TV -- the intro to the show takes on modern relevance."

    The FCC says that they're doing this because they believe that if they do so, the MPAA will start releasing first-run movies (the ones that are still in theaters) for TV.

    They say that Hollywood won't make these movies available unless they get Selectable Output Control because SOC will stop piracy.

    Continue reading at Boing Boing,
    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/07/fcc-hands-hollywood.html

    http://www.businessinsider.com/outr...me-theater-while-youre-watching-movies-2010-5
     
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    i download everything... :D