After it became clear that the widely-discussed Advanced Access Content System (AACS) copyright protection technology is not a panacea against copying and ripping high-definition videos from Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, the studios did not react. However, this does not mean that no new copyright protection technologies are in the works.
ABI Research market research company in its recent study predicts implementation of a new security technology to restrict end-users’ content management abilities. For example, makers of DVD players and Blu-ray/HD DVD publishers can alter necessary security keys, which will require to update firmware of a player to allow playback of new content.
“Designers of AACS contemplated such a problem and made it possible to revoke a compromised player. The revocation feature is a significant new capability of the HD DVD content protection system, as players can be revoked by changing the disk key on new DVD releases. This key, when combined with a targeted player key, will fail to create a key that can descramble the disk contents. And in order for the new disks to work, the player needs to be updated to a new version,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.