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BBC Slackening Broadcast Content's Copy Protection


BBC Slackening Broadcast Content's Copy Protection

The BBC is making some changes to the way it copy protects its broadcast to coincide with Blu-ray recorders becoming available in the UK. Previously, any BBC HD content recorded onto a PVR was copy protected such as it couldn't be removed, but that is now being changed to allow a single on-time copy

Thus, a combined Blu-ray recorder and Freesat HD tuner can transfer BBC HD broadcasts to recordable Blu-ray media enabling the retention of the content, while freeing up space on the PVR. Additionally, programmes recorded on PVR's will be unlocked so that they can be accessed over a network. This will mean that BBC content stored on a PVR can be played in other locations; for example, a bedroom TV. Internet or portable device connections are still prohibited, though.

With the prohibitively high cost of recordable - especially re-recordable - Blu-ray media, I can't see many being tempted to back-up content from a PVR to a physical disc. As great as being able to free up space on a PVR is, deleting older content seems the better way to do so. If I want a permanent copy of Planet Earth on Blu-ray, I'd rather buy them than have the BBC's compressed version.

I'm definitely not complaining about the BBC loosening its copy protection though. Hopefully other broadcasters will follow suit!


BBC Internet Blog.


April 17, 2009, 12:39 am

That picture is really complicated. It's also utterly pointless, all those rules mean squat. BBC HD content, as well as everything else, is fully available and leaked onto the internet, seemingly without even the slightest roadblock for those that upload it.

Why is our licence fee money going to paying all the licences on utterly ineffective copy protection?

The BBC are the taking the lead in this stuff, so they are certainly on the right track. But I can't help thinking they would be better serving their "over-lords" (the licence payers) if they just 'allowed' recording to standard video files which were accessible over any home network.


April 17, 2009, 7:32 am


Agreed. The genie is already out of the bottle. You've only got to look in Newgroups, the appropriate Forums etc., to see that. Whilst as you say, it is laudable that the BBC are **reducing** their strangle hold of C.P., in reality its a mute point.

I guess, like in many walks of life, its "being seen to be doing the right thing" that the BBC is stuck with.

One brick at a time, one brick at a time....


April 17, 2009, 2:46 pm

Speaking of BBC, just saw TR website featured on BBC News 24 while they were explaining targeted on-line advertising. Fame, or infamy perhaps :P?

Andy Vandervell

April 17, 2009, 2:55 pm

@dustofnations: Interesting. Do you remember when this was?


April 17, 2009, 6:03 pm

I saw this too, on BBC breakfast. It was this morning, shortly before 7am.

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