Recording Technology Gets Cable Seal


Cable Television Laboratories Inc. has approved a recording technology jointly developed by Philips Consumer Electronics and Hewlett-Packard Co. that will enable cable customers to record music from some cable programming for private use.

The Federal Communications Commission’s plug-and-play rules allow CableLabs to approve new digital outputs and recording technologies for use in unidirectional digital-cable-ready devices.

The “Video Content Protection System” from Philips and H-P allows cable content marked as “copy once” to be burned onto VCPS-enabled DVD+R and DVD+RW disks. CableLabs said the approval extends to all DCR products built in compliance with unidirectional digital-cable standards, as well as unidirectional and bidirectional OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform) products.

“We’re very pleased to add VCPS as an approved recording technology for digital-cable-ready retail products,” CableLabs CEO Richard R. Green said in a prepared statement. “Secure recording technologies like VCPS are essential for home copying, while maintaining the integrity of cable networks to provide high-value programming to customers who purchase retail products for use with cable.”