Investor's Business Daily has an overview article on the digital living room. The article rightly views the Macrovision / Gemstar TV deal as a natural outcome of convergence between copy protection technologies and Internet on-demand TV distribution. It concludes with a discussion of Marlin-based DRM interoperability and quotes Scott Smyers, who is president of the Digital Living Network Alliance and is a senior Sony technical guy.
"DRM interoperability is difficult," Smyers said. It involves how to get something protected by one kind of DRM to play in a device that handles DRM differently.
Content firms are starting to look at new technologies such as the open-standards-based Marlin DRM system from a group of consumer electronics companies, he says.
In November, Pioneer Electronics spin-off SyncTV started testing a subscription on-demand download service using Marlin. It works with computers only now. But the idea is that eventually, the content will be viewable on televisions and other devices.