Hollywood's piracy fears delay Samsung's wireless HD display

Samsung senior marketing manager Bill Dickey said that Samsung's 50- and 58-inch wireless high-definition plasma displays are on track in the US for a September 2007 release, but would have been available earlier if not for the concerns of the movie studios about the security of the wireless transmissions. The market is ready for these products, but Hollywood isn't. A Samsung spokesperson noted that Hollywood would apparently not have an issue with the wireless HD displays if they output lower-resolution video, wireless 720p isn't as big of a worry for them.

Movie studios are worried that the 802.11n wireless transmission methods used for the displays may not be tight enough to keep people from recording the HD content stripped of its DRM. In order to meet Samsung's target date for a September launch, the movie studios need to approve Samsung's secure wireless system by late spring. "We have the technology; we are just waiting on approval and are currently negotiating for approval for June," the spokesperson said.

Those negotiations could possibly lead to something like the forced video downgrades that the studios have been interested in for Blu-ray and HD DVD. This could mean that electronics manufacturers working on HD wireless displays might need to use a special Hollywood-approved encryption specification for their wireless transmissions. In the event that a wireless TV device could not talk to another Hollywood-approved device, it would then cause the display to output lower quality video.

News source: Ars Technica

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you guys are all missing the point. let's say i buy two of these wireless displays. that would allow me to stream a movie to the livingroom and the bedroom at the same time. that is just plain old stealing. maybe i deserve a stern spanking...

that's it, mpaa! spank me, spank me!! oh, mpaa, you hot bitch!

oh, and wtf is the deal with 'hollywood' having to approve a tv or wireless technology. if i look on the back of my tv, is there a tag that reads: 'inspected by susan sarandon'?

"This could mean that electronics manufacturers working on HD wireless displays might need to use a special Hollywood-approved encryption specification for their wireless transmissions."

well "hollywood-approved" drm seems to be cracked quickly enough, what makes them think their wireless encryption will be any better?

I think what the studios are more concerned is not that it is gonna get pirated and go online but more of a casual user, like your neighbor watching the same movie or whatever you are watching for free, rather than paying for it.
Anyway can't see why studios are so concerned bout this, should be more of the individual privacy thing... but not that i care... :D

PS sorry if this makes no sense... i'm a bit wasted..

Bill = Dick . . . since when?

If his name was Richard maybe, then you may have made a funny . . . but sorry you fail at humor

Like many other people I am familiar with antics like this from the RIAA and MPAA. I realized however that these industry groups are acting like spoiled children who aren't getting their way. "I'm gonna take my toys and go HOME!" I find that tragic and humorous at the same time. I say we tell them to GTFO. Take your content and shove it up your ass, Hollywood.

/momentarily stops smashing own face into the brick wall


yeah, the fact that its wireless makes any difference what so ever. now, we will have pirates roaming the streets trying to hijack peoples wireless tv transmissions. oh wait, whats that? oh, your worries about pirates riping their own wireless transmissions? why bother when you can just rip the source?

This is hilarious. If someone wants to copy a movie, there are way easier/cheaper methods than buying a 2 grand tv...

adversedeviant said,
i didnt know tv companies needed the approval of hollywood to begin with... cant they just release it anyways?

They need the approval if they want to stick the magic 'HD-Ready' sticker on it I think, plus Hollywood is being allowed to act like THE law so I guess it sort of fits that they get to say what can and can't be released... got to get the techs and lawyers to give it the once over to make sure it serves them only.

The Magic HD-Ready means it has an ATSC Tuner inside of it... allows it to receive 720p and 1080i digital signals over the air.

Would Hollywood just get over themselves already? DRM in High-def products are already cracked, whatever they do now doesn't matter.

It takes me about 30 minutes to copy a HD-DVD movie to my PC compared to how long to do it over wireless? The duration of the movie - that's how long. Unless they're some hardcore dedicated types, I really don't see this as an issue.