Date: 15th September 2000

FCC Orders Anti-Piracy Features

The FCC agreed Thursday to require manufacturers of digital TV sets and recorders to include anti-piracy technology. However, manufacturers of the products vowed to resist the requirement, saying that it would delay the delivery of new equipment for six to nine months.

The decision also angered consumer advocates. Gene Kimmelman, co-director of the Washington office of Consumers Union -- the group that publishes Consumer Reports -- told today's (Friday) Los Angeles Times, "The whole world of digital TV is enormously muddied now. ... The regulators have so far been unable to untangle this mess."

Source: Studio Briefing