[vdr] A new generation of DVB devices

Udo Richter udo_richter at gmx.de
Fri Oct 14 16:29:23 CEST 2005

Klaus Schmidinger wrote:
> Assuming there will be broadcasts that prevent us from accessing the
> data stream, 

on a funny side note, read this:
  Microsoft aktualisiert Media Center Edition

"Während sich die erweiterten DRM-Funktionen hierzulande scheinbar nicht
auswirken, berichten Teilnehmer amerikanischer Foren, dass sie nun
einige Sendungen von Pay-TV-Sendern nicht mehr aufzeichnen können, weil
die MCE gewisse Broadcast Flags auswerte und die Aufnahme untersage."

Thats the kind of feature that convinces me that MCE is better than VDR :D

> the only way to have a chance of watching such a broadcast
> live in a Linux STB would be a full featured HDTV DVB card. Such a card
> could receive and decode the signal, without making the data externally
> available, except on the HDCP protected output.

Good point. On the other hand, VDR would then be limited to be a channel
switch tool, something that every simple diskless receiver can do either.

The budget cards may be able to do more, on a TCPA-nailed system. But
all the data streams would probably be restricted to trusted mode, and I
don't see that happening in an open source OS ever.



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