Supposedly My Company is Ruined… (SnapStream Media Development) | The SnapStream Media Development blog picked up my latest post on Microsoft and DRM, and I would like to clarify a few points.
Quote: “The post talks about how Vista’s MCE (codenamed Diamond) is including enough DRM to keep the content providers happy enough to allow MCE to record/store their content.”
PVP-OPM will apply to Windows Vista as a whole, not just Media Center Edition. The advantages will hopefully apply to third party products too! I have said for years that Media Center isn’t for everyone (check The Green Button for references) and there are other choices, products from SnapStream being on that list. If I remember correctly, SnapStream advertises on The Green Button too! 🙂
Quote: “…This [DRM in Vista] is a good thing. No one will deny it.”
You guys might be very surprised. 😉
Quote: “…However, there is a definite negative slant in the post towards companies like mine that make DVR software for the PC.”
I wouldn’t say I was trying to be negative towards SnapStream or any other third party developers. I did say that PVP-OPM in Vista is needed for the PC PVR to survive. No doubt BeyondTV/Media users are looking for more! Unless SnapStream has some unseen technology that is going to allow Windows to magically be secure to get a secure feed into it, PVP-OPM is a plus for all ISV’s (assuming Microsoft licenses or allows third parties in on the action, I think they will).
Quote: “I doubt that anyone will argue that DRM is necessary to record protected content, but to assume that Microsoft is the only company solving this issue is just plain silly.”
Everyone will argue about that point, get ready to be able to defend your position on it. I’m one of the few on the web that tries to make an argument about the few reasons it is necessary.
Again, if SnapStream has something in the works to allow this protected content in, please let us know something about it! I’m very interested in how third parties feel about PVP-OPM (DRM in Vista) and what they think is needed to improve their products and the PC and a PVR in general!