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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BBC is Granted the Power to Introduce Anti-Piracy Technology

BBC is Granted the Power to Introduce Anti-Piracy Technology

BBC is Granted the Power to Introduce Anti-Piracy Technology

Added: Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Ofcom (UK’s Office of Communication) has given the BBC the right to implement Freeview anti-piracy technology aimed at limiting the unauthorized copying of HD TV shows. That was done regardless of complaints made by organizations like ORG (the Open Rights Group), claiming it to be neither in consumer nor competition interest.

The previous BBC’s request was denied in November until matter raised by the Open Rights Group had been addressed. Now BBC is about to be allowed to modify the Freeview multiplex license in order to encode the copy protection technology in set-top boxes. This will mean that high definition shows from such broadcasters as ITV and Channel 4 won’t be able to become the target of pirates.

Office of Communication announced that only producers of set-top boxes and Freeview HD TV sets containing this anti-piracy technology will have a right to be compatible with the Freeview programming guide, which will consequently make broadcasters able to stop piracy of shows.

Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group noted that it would be a serious blow to British license-payers, who would be made to pay for non-standard equipment that can do less at a highest price. Taking into attention that Ofcom's function is to protect user interest and competition, the conclusion can be made that it has failed to achieve either. Shooting a look over the ocean, one can see that the USA's regulator turned down such suggested restrictions, considering them as the barriers to innovation and trade. That’s what the UK should do as well.

However, Ofcom announced that the interests of manufacturers of set-top boxes wouldn’t be infringed and that the required license would be free of charge. Also they added that users with existing set-top boxes won’t be forced to purchase new ones. The aim they singled is widening the list of HD content available on this platform, especially high-value film and drama content, which is expected to bring only positive benefits to users and help ensure that it can compete on the same conditions with any other digital TV platforms for high definition content rights.

The thing the media regulator is said to be sure about is that the license amendment wouldn’t have a negative impact onto the market for Freeview HD receivers on the issue of market distortion and price.

June 17th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-06-17 16:35:46)
MonsterTV avatarThanks for the article SaM.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lover (2010-06-17 16:36:38)
Cell avatari hate BBC -the political scumbag self interest caring shit that's all waht BBC is to me....

posted by (2010-06-17 23:24:31)
katep avatarsky already do this dont they if you try to tape a box office program you cannot do it

posted by Blocked (2010-06-18 02:47:17)
2die4 avatarBritish Brainwashing Coperation wtf i pay for the programming to be made with my Forced Tv TAX so why cant i copy what i pay for to be created

posted by (2010-06-18 10:10:28)
No avatarhmm...Freeveiw is free tv channels, so whats wrong with downloading it for free when you can watch it on tv for free :S

posted by ET loverSupermanTurtle (2010-06-18 10:46:45)
zuluDROOG avatarThis is a good thing. The more rapidly widespread these "anti-piracy" measures become then the sooner we'll have free and commonly available work-arounds. In the end, it won't work and the end-user WILL pay for the expensive lesson regardless of what the BBC, et-al are spouting.

posted by Blocked (2010-06-18 12:09:46)
menahunie avatarLets see if I got this right?
Ofcom (UK’s Office of Communication) has given the BBC the right to implement Freeview anti-piracy technology aimed at limiting the unauthorized copying of HD TV shows.

HD TV SHOWS and they are stating they are afraid these shows are being pirated?
That is kinda stupid logic since they don't have the viewer PAY to see the show; except for the cable service?

This is the same thing they are trying in the USA; remember when you set your DVR to catch that show your gonna miss due to having to be at work. It is now considered "pirating" if you do so now the MPAA and "TV SHOW" producers can push a button and scramble the show..
I had thought had all been addresses by the supreme court long ago when the first BETA Box and VHS machines came out?
Did I missing something?

posted by (2010-06-18 18:26:58)
batkid avatarPlease don't take away my Doctor Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

posted by (2010-06-21 00:21:08)
malikishaq avatarall. hl

posted by Sun (2010-06-26 09:35:51)
No avatarthis sucks!.. Cuz I love TOPGEAR and here in the states on BBC AMERICA it comes out like weeks later and edited to US standards(gay ones).... which sucks BIG PELOTAS (Balls).... I love the fact that I can DL hours after if airs in the UK... if all these companies just said it will be 200 a month for unlimited channels and so on people would pay... but since it is all about greed for them we have to turn to the NET. they Create piracy by not supplying the demand. its not like we are Dl CAm movies we are looking for HQ videos. and we would pay for them to be readedly available too.

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