Freeview HD to get DRM

The BBC has been granted provisional approval to introduce a DRM system into the upcoming High Definition Freeview Service. While the system is currently being trialed, it hasn’t officially launched yet.

The BBC believes that having no copy protection on the platform would pose a barrier to getting content onto the network, believing that providers wouldn’t want their work to be broadcast in HD free to be copied especially with DVD burners and hard disk recorders so readily available now.

Having DRM on the High Definition service, will allow the BBC to impose limits on what you can and can’t do with the service however, which some viewers will not like.

While the decision isn’t final yet, it is likely to be unless some serious objections are made by April 5th.