[LINK] US FCC to allow blocking STBs

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sun May 9 09:57:58 AEST 2010

On 2010/May/09, at 8:45 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:

> At 11:19 PM 8/05/2010, Rick Welykochy wrote:
>>> capable of remotely upgrading/reprogramming the cable boxes to do  
>>> basically
>>> anything they want them to...
>> Except they would never reprogram to not deliver output AV signals
>> to TV / monitor / amp.
> See this is what I don't get. If it is encrypted, then it requires a
> decryption to be seen. So whatever decrypts the signal CAN have an
> output of unencrypted data -- a pass through.

The point of HDMI is that it can accept an encrypted signal.
The signal is decrypted inside the digital monitor.

Not to say it couldn't be decrypted reasonably easily though.

> In fact that's how an
> STB works. It takes the digital signal and emits the signal in a
> variety of ways depending on what the display device can accept. I'm
> an old fogy and use the standard AV connections (red, yellow, white)
> (I know, I've already been told I can get better quality if I use the
> other forms). So once it's 'out' and if the receiver also has an
> output, it's no brainer to record that signal. Pst - I can even
> replay from my stb HD and record on my DVD recorder.
> I guess the only thing that wouldn't work is a tv that doesn't have
> an output line because they aren't seen as output devices. But
> there's nothing stopping you from using an analog receiver (not a tv)
> and recording the resulting signal that I can see, no matter what the
> cable companies want to do. I don't think the physics works that way.
> Jan
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