Home Networking Part 2 - Opening the Pipeline with 1394
Meanwhile there is the matter of content protection. Hitachi, Intel, Matsushita, Sony and Toshiba, as five members of the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (first formed by the CE, computer and entertainment industries to develop copy protection for DVD), have proposed a 1394-based copyright protection scheme for DTV called 5C Content Protection. The 5C (five-company) solution appears to be on the fast track for approval as a 1394 encryption standard; a 5C licensing authority was created last month.
If CEMA and CableLabs finish a cable box/DTV compatibility standard by next month, "It's conceivable you could see products in late 1999," said Bonan. "That's really pushing it....But it's important, so a lot of people are trying really hard."