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June 22, 2010

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The FCC has recently granted a waiver filed by the MPAA to allow selectable output control for set-top box (STB) devices in the USA. The requirements for selectable output control are for a limited time and under certain conditions, but still a significant development in the evolving world of movie distribution windows.

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December 10, 2009

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Mark Holmes of ViaSatellite recently tackled the latest issues around content piracy and theft of service in Asia. While analog cable systems are the biggest target for piracy, satellite pay-TV operators are certainly feeling the impact of service theft. Quoting the deputy CEO of CASBAA, “The nature of the satellite business is that it doesn’t respect national boarders, so one broken satellite system in one market can impact markets around it.”

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September 29, 2009

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Are Internet video services, such as Hulu and the iPlayer, a threat to established pay-TV operators? The jury is still out.  While pundits insist that a significant number of current pay-TV subscribers will stop their monthly payments and go wholly broadband, some surveys suggest that overall we are just all watching more video from all sources!

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September 8, 2009

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The promise of video watermarking has always been alluring to technologists and content owners. They like the idea of embedding an invisible forensic mark on valuable content in order to protect assets and possibly catch the bad guys. And with high-profile success stories like the Academy Awards busts on pirated screener copies traced using forensic watermarking, the business potential seems unquestionable.

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