FCC Allows Analog Output Block for New Movies

Posted Tue May 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery

The MPAA won out on this one. If you’re not using HDMI, it’s about time to start.

Chances are, you’ve got all of your components connected via HDMI and this won’t affect you. But if you don’t, you may want to consider the upgrade.

The latest ruling from the FCC allows the MPAA to block your analog outputs using Selectable Output Control (SoC). It’s a measure to stop piracy, of course, and would completely shut down your component output.

There are some pretty big limits to what can be done with SoC though. First off, it can only be used for VoD movies that haven’t been released on Blu-ray or DVD. Second, it can only last for a maximum of 90 days.

If you’re using HDMI, or you just don’t order VoD, then you’ve got nothing to worry about. Those running component to a TV or projector that doesn’t support HDMI though will have to find a workaround.

Source: Zero Paid

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