Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1123 (19:34)

Scott Wilkinson

Scott joins Leo to talk about the "dirty little secret" in video -- and that's the new HD Copy Protection that's coming. Scott says that 4K is really pushing to make people to believe that HD just isn't good enough, and 4K Blu-ray is coming. HDCP Copy Protection is also coming for 4K. Version 2.2 and every device in the signal chain has to be compliant or the video won't work on your TV. So you have to have a new TV, new Blu-ray player, new a/v receiver. All to watch a 4K Blu-way DVD. Leo says that's going to kill off optical media for sure.

Leo says that Hollywood is screwing up the whole future of HD because of exclusivity that limits where people can get their content. Having to upgrade all hardware to enjoy the new format is just insane. Leo says HDCP is only going to encourage, not discourage, piracy. People want to buy content. But if you limit where they can get it, they'll go to where it's easy to get it -- which is usually from pirates. And Hollywood loses out as a result. Make it easy for them to buy it, and they will.