Thursday, January 03, 2008

DRM Discordance

Read this article from someone who bought a new high definition monitor for their Windows Vista Media Center PC and found out that they could no longer use the Netflix Watch Now streaming video facility. In the past I have argued that if we have to put up with DRM, it is better system engineering to put the DRM decoding in a separate box rather than try to bundle it into a general purpose PC as Microsoft is trying to do with Windows Vista Media Center.

By coincidence the article appears on the same day that Netflix and LG announced their partnership to integrate Netflix Watch Now streaming video into a future LG device. The TechCrunch take on the Netflix set top box is that it will be a hard sell, but if the alternative is the flaky behavior that we see in Microsoft Vista, maybe the masses will buy the box.

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