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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

August 30 - HDCP & Nvidia

LG today comfirmed Nvidia's mad plans to fit their GeForce 7900GT graphics chip with built-in HDCP anti-piracy technology. We've seen this before, but in the form of anti-piracy software being hidden on discs. It's never gone down well, and almost always causes problems with games, some music files and software. ALot of Anti-spyware manufacturers flag these technologies as spyware, and who can blame them? The software does spy on you, stopping you doing what you want, and almost always reports back to the original company who designed it. This is in my opinion, the next step into the invasion of privacy. Built in on hardware? That's just unfair. Lucky I wouldn't plan to buy one anyway. The ATI Radeon X1950XTX is just too good. HDCP stands for 'High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection'. It's job is to ensure that both sides of an HDMI Audio/Video connection are secure. Admittedly, this might be a good thing, as to make sure you always get your DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray disc in HD, you do need to have HDCP. But couldn't they just release something that plugs into your USB2 port, and then is easy to unplug when you want it to?

Fortunately, ATI aren't rushing straight in with HDCP, and have so far only performed trial runs using it on older graphics cards. Smart ATI as usual.

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