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Submission + - MPAA wants to turn off analog ports on TV asks FCC ( 1

suraj.sun writes: The Motion Picture Association of American wants to rent movies to TV viewers earlier in the release window, but they don't want anyone potentially streaming that video out to other appliances. That's why last week they went back to the FCC to once again ask for the power to disable analog ports on consumer television sets.

This capability is called selectable output control or SOC, and the FCC banned it back in 2003. SOC would allow "service operators, such as cable companies, to turn off analog outputs on consumer electronics devices, only allowing digital plugs" such as HDMI. The MPAA is arguing that if they could directly turn those plugs on and off, they could offer more goods to consumers.

But that's not what over a dozen public interest groups think, notes Home Media Magazine:

Groups including Public Knowledge, the Digital Freedom Campaign, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Consumer Federation of America and the Media Access Project, are fighting the MPAA over the request, saying it puts control of privately owned consumer electronics into the hands of the movie industry, hurts TiVo and Slingbox owners, and leaves out consumers who own TVs without digital connections.

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MPAA wants to turn off analog ports on TV asks FCC

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  • This will lead to a continual "arms race" where perfectly working electronics a few years old such as my 4 year old projection HDTV with analog inputs are intentionally rendered obsolete and unusable. As a result, lots of large, expensive, perfectly functional televisions and other electronics will end up in landfills through this program of intentional, planned obsolescence.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik