Monday, January 14, 2002

Philips audio vs. Philips video Companies can be delightfully schizophrenic. Just when I note how Philips CD player makers don't want DRM CD's, an article comes out detailing how Philips TV makers want wireless DRM for video. Consumers will hate this and the products won't sell, but Hollywood has obviously put out an RFP for systems that keep digital content from being locally redistributed. This is good for Hollywood, who by restricting quantity protect the profits they get from movies now, but bad for consumer electronics manufacturers, who can't make devices that consumers want. After a few market failures, they'll figure this out. Consumer electronics (and PCs) need new product categories badly.

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