Copies of recorded HD programmes to be allowed.
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.