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FCC Decision Allows Distributors to Remotely Disable Set-Top Connection that Allows Recording of Shows: MPAA Claims this Means Movies May End up in Homes Sooner

May 10, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A decision by the Federal Communications Commission late Friday means movies may be available for home viewing on demand soon after they open in theaters or even during the same window, the Associated Press reports.

According to the article, "the FCC prohibits the use of so-called "selectable output control" technology, which encodes video programming with a signal to remotely disable set-top box output connections. The FCC granted a waiver from those rules on Friday at the request of the [Motion Picture Association of America].

"Allowing movie studios to temporarily prevent recording from TVs could pave the way for movies to be released to homes sooner than they are today. The FCC said the waiver is therefore in the public interest, because the studios are unlikely to offer new movies so soon after their theatrical release without such controls." MPAA head Bob Pisano said the decision will give consumers "far greater access to see recent high-definition movies in their homes."

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