Joe Wilcox on HDTV and Microsoft DRM in Longhorn

Microsoft Monitor: The Four Musketeers: “Microsoft has made content owners the priority over consumers with respect to protected content. I sympathize with Microsoft’s position. The company has legitimate concerns that publishers won’t allow their high-definition content to be available for PCs. Most publishers probably wouldn’t want their HD content to be pirated and traded on P2P sites. Longhorn’s DRM technologies would work to prevent both scenarios: The pirating and unauthorized playing of protected, premium content. My question: Given the large number of PCs in use, would publishers really chuck the content sales opportunity, even given piracy concerns? I’m not convinced.”

This is indeed a shame. For all of you waiting for your Media Center HDTV this is the truth on why it is not here yet. To make PCs more not less restictive in the future is a step backward. Microsoft should use their muscle, might and legal prowess to be the consumer advocate with HDTV.

Thanks, Chris!