DVD copy-protection may transfer to physical media
Changes are afoot at the DVD Copy Control Association, the industry body that consists of the information tech industry, the consumer electronics industry, and video content producers, including film studios.
The DVD CCA is planning to change its rules for copy protection so that consumers would be able to burn content downloaded over the Internet to blank copy-protected DVDs that can be played on a standalone DVD player.
At first the technology would be available in special public kiosks in shops or other locations, and eventually be available in the home.
From the DVD CCA: "An early application of this type of recording would likely be commercial kiosks, where consumers could buy entertainment, custom-burned on the special discs".
"This would allow consumers to obtain, for example, unusual, historical, or special content that is now unavailable on DVD because existing demand does not warrant the mass reproduction today's market requires."
The technology is the same for these discs and current commercially-sold discs: Content Scramble System, or CSS.
The difference is that instead of encoding the DRM in the downloaded media, it would be included on the blank DVD.
According to a spokesperson for the DVD CCA, there's no news on how long it will be until these kiosks start rolling out.
The industry is looking to tap into a market of fans who want access to the more arcane movies and cancelled TV shows that aren't released on DVD to the mass market because there's so little demand for them.