Xbox 360 Digital Output for Secure Content Protection?
Microsoft and CableLabs Announce Agreement to Enable HD Digital Cable Programming on Windows-Based PCs
Quote: “…will allow consumers to enjoy one-way cable programming, including premium high-definition cable content, on their personal computer and throughout the home on compliant network-connected devices, such as Xbox 360, while protecting cable operators’ investments in high-value content in a digital environment.”
Quote: “Microsoft is working closely with CableLabs to document final approval of Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)…”
I’ve said before that WMRM would be used to allow content to flow to the Xbox 360 and be protected, but the question still remains: What about secure output? Are we to assume now that Microsoft has the ability to add a digital output (DVI/HDCP/HDMI) to the Xbox 360 via a new dongle? The content isn’t “protected” if the output is analog (S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA) which is the only outputs known on the current Xbox 360 dongle.
If we get a digital output, that makes the Xbox 360 part of Why Microsoft is Still My Choice to Win Your Living Room (June 2, 2005)