Thomson's SmartRight Aims to Prevent Video "Napsterization"
"This does not mean we see the end of free over the air recording," Arland said. "We still believe in free over the air recording. Smartright just introduces the new idea that you can record freely, but you have to keep it in your house."
The real issue concerning broadcasters, Arland said, is not home recording, but the "Napsterization" of video.
SmartRight could help prevent mass Internet copying and distribution of over-the-air broadcast video if broadcasters were to develop a conditional access system similar to cable or DBS signals that keeps the content scrambled until it reaches a hardware decoder in the viewer's home. "That's not a switch you can flip over night," he commented.