Cable subscribers should soon be able to stream cable TV programming over their home networks, as CableLabs has announced its approval of a new streaming protocol. Called DTCP-IP (Digital Transmission Copy Protection), the new spec will use DRM to lock down content to ensure that it doesn't escape the cozy confines of cable subscribers' homes.
The announcement of DTCP-IP comes after months of wrangling between CableLabs, the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator, and a handful of movie studios including Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, and Paramount.
Here's what consumers will get: they will be able to move content across their home networks for viewing on devices that aren't attached to a set-top box. That will include PCs as well as portable devices, and high-definition and video-on-demand programming will be covered by DTCP-IP.