The growth potential of our industry rests in new and innovative ways to move and use digital audio, video and data. But without copyright protection of digital content, that growth has been stymied.
At the Western Show in Los Angeles in December, we watched hardware vendors and service providers dance around the opportunities and challenges posed by retail-able cable modems and cable compatibility with HDTV sets.
At CES 2000, we admired the latest crop of HDTV sets, the DVD-R and DVD-HD prototypes, and the digital video recorders. Amid the CES festivities, Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard delivered an ultimatum to the cable, consumer electronics and programming industries: resolve the platform standards and copyright protection issues surrounding cable compatibility with HDTV by April, or the FCC will do it.