Microsoft Expected to Sign CHILA

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Cable Television Laboratories Inc. is expected to announce that Microsoft Corp. will build a new class of "unidirectional" devices, meaning PCs that can display secure video programming from cable operators.

Copy protection on incoming content could be applied using Windows digital-rights management on a secure connector, but other methods of DRM are not excluded.

To date, Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd., Panasonic Consumer Electronics, LG Electronics Inc. and Digeo Inc. have signed the "CHILA" agreement, which stands for "Cable Host Interface Licensing Agreement."

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