TV Digital Rights Management Surfaces… Again

PC Magazine reports that on Wednesday, the MPAA attempted to clarify its position on a technology called Selectable Output Control, which the MPAA is lobbying the FCC to enable.

Essentially, SOC would require all televisions and set-top boxes to include digitally secure interfaces. The MPAA has argued that such a secured environment would allow first-run movies to be streamed to consumer television sets well before the studios release the movies on DVD.

The FCC currently forbids SOC, however, and has not yet acted on a MPAA request for an SOC waiver that the association filed in 2008. In the interim, Public Knowledge and other interest groups, such as the EFF, have filed their own requests that the FCC maintain the ban.

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