CableLabs® Approves DTCP-IP Content Protection for Digital Cable Products
Louisville, Colorado, and Morgan Hill, California, August 23, 2007—Working in cooperation with Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Technical Operations, CableLabs and the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator (DTLA), LLC, announced today CableLabs' approval of the DTCP-IP technology for protection of cable content using Internet Protocol for unidirectional and bidirectional digital cable products.
Using DTCP (Digital Transmission Copy Protection)-protected secure links among consumer electronics devices, cable subscribers will be able to enjoy digital cable programming, including high-definition and VOD cable content, on consumer electronics devices and personal computers on digital home networks. The approval permits CableLabs licensees under DFAST, CHILA, and DCAS to protect pay-per-view and video-on-demand transmissions against unauthorized copying and unauthorized internet retransmission, while assuring consumers' ability to record broadcast and subscription programming, in digital formats, for personal use.
“The agreement we reached today addresses the highly complex concerns raised by the affected parties-cable, content, and consumer electronics- and brings benefits to consumers," said Dr. Richard R. Green, President and CEO of CableLabs. "Working together we agreed on solutions that meet our respective business needs, and serve the interests of consumers and content providers,” he added.
“Approval of DTCP-IP is an important accomplishment, and we applaud the hard work of our colleagues in the motion picture and cable industry for making this possible,” said Michael Ayers, President of DTLA. “DTCP-IP for home digital cable products opens the door for increased flexible use of protected digital cable content, providing opportunities for cable operators, content owners, device manufacturers and, most importantly, consumers.” Ayers added, “This represents a real advancement for the protected home entertainment network.”
DTLA and CableLabs also agreed to several forward-looking provisions to implement the new developments and facilitate new business models.
- DTLA, the licensor of the DTCP-IP technology, will offer cable operators and other multi-channel video service providers a new Operator Participant Agreement that provides participation in the DTLA change management process.
- CableLabs and DTLA will update their respective specifications and license provisions as necessary to ensure effective revocation and renewal.
- With respect to “copy never’ content, DTLA will make available to cable operators the same level of protection, functionality, and treatment of content that DTLA adopts to obtain approval by AACS-LA (Advanced Access Content System, Licensing Authority), the licensor of content protection technology used for Blu-Ray and HD DVDs.
- DTLA and CableLabs also have agreed to discuss potential extension of DTCP capabilities for other business models for cable operators.
DTLA, also known as “5C,” was formed in 1998 by five leading technology companies—Hitachi, Ltd., Intel Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation—to license their jointly-developed DTCP technology for protection of audiovisual and audio content against unauthorized interception or retransmission in the digital home environment. DTLA currently has more than 140 license agreements for DTCP with manufacturers of semiconductors, set-top cable and satellite boxes, consumer electronics and personal computing products, and major motion picture studios. Further information about the technology and licensing of DTCP is available at the DTLA website.
DTCP for Internet Protocol (DTCP-IP) also has been approved for use by the DVD Copy Control Association (“DVDCCA”) on DVD players, the AACS License Administrator for high definition optical discs, the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (“ARIB”) in Japan, Digital Living Network Alliance (“DLNA”) for networked devices, and as an output to the Content Management License Administrator (CMLA) trust model for the Open Mobile Alliance Digital Rights Management version 2 specification for devices such as handsets and PC laptops.
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