HDCP, High -Bandwidth Digital Content Protection: Beginners Guide

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Background:

High Definition digital video allows users to experience high resolution, near perfect video content. As more content is delivered digitally, the content creators are increasingly concerned with content piracy because digital content can be perfectly duplicated. Therefore anti-piracy safeguards such, as High Bandwidth Content Protection (HDCP) is necessary in order for original content creators to protect their assets. In this article we will touch on the key points of HDCP

What is HDCP:

High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, HDCP, is an encryption scheme developed to defend against uncontrolled copying of digital content over high bandwidth digital interconnects such as DVI and the HDMI. The FCC approved HDCP as a “Digital Output Protection Technology” on August 4th, 2004.

A HDCP protected system consists of: 1) HDCP transmitter (DVD player for example), 2) the digital interface (DVI or HDMI), and 3) the HDCP receiver (your display monitor). In brief, the content is encrypted at the transmitter and the signal is passed to the HDCP receiver (display) via the DDC lines (in essence an I2C bus) where it is decrypted before viewing. HDCP requires that both the transmitter and the receiver comply with standards. If either one does not comply, the video will not be displayed properly. Incidentally, HDCP does not apply to analog interface such as component video although component video can be used to display high definition video.

Why should the consumer care about HDCP:

It is highly recommended that consumers be aware of HDCP and purchase sets that are HDCP compliant. Here is why. It has been speculated that the two competing high definition DVD standards HD DVD, and BLUE RAY, due out in 2006 will only deliver full resolution on HDCP protected outputs such as HDMI or DVI. If true, then users must have a HDCP monitor in order …

ICT Outsourcing Definitions and Types

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ICT outsourcing can be said as one of the current trends for companies around the world to do their business processes. It is estimated that ICT outsourcing starts in the early 1990s where Kodak uses external partner to handle its ICT resources. As Kodak does not have the expertise in ICT, they hire another company to help them handle the ICT resources. This phenomenon occurs because companies would like to concentrate their core business functions among other benefits. After merely 20 years, outsourcing is now needed by a lot of companies mostly at customer support and also back-office processes and this affects Malaysia as well. Currently, Malaysia is known as a main outsourcing hub for the world, where it is currently ranked third globally behind China and India in the outsourcing industry. This shows how significant outsourcing is to developing countries in Asia.

Outsourcing Definition

Outsourcing is defined as a concept of contracting out part of the organization’s business process to a third party that has the specific skills and services. The third party must have the skills needed by the organization so that the outcome of the outsourced job is as expected. Outsourcing can also be explained as the movement of one or many business functions of a company including its assets to an outside service provider who gives a defined service for an agreed duration of time and payment on a written agreement.

From these two definitions, we can see that outsourcing can be defined with the following characteristics:

1. A company transferring one or many business process to a third party.

2. A third party has the skills and services required for the business process.

3. Has an agreement or contract between the two parties on the price and expected outcome.

Types of Outsourcing

Outsourcing can be …

An Introduction to Video Surveillance Recorders – Definitions, Types, Characteristics, Differences

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The Video Recorders came with the camera and monitor first, closely followed by the Video Cassette Recorder (VCR), technology then brought us the multiplexer, which allowed several streams of video to be recorded onto the same tape and separated out into discrete and viewable streams. Nowadays there are different types of Video Recorders such as DVR and NVR. One of the problems the user must face when choosing a security system is whether or not they want to record with the NVR or DVR.

In this article we provide a brief description of the most important types of Video Recorders such as DVR and NVR.

Digital Video Recorder

DVR is defined as Digital Video Recorder, a device that records video from analog cameras to one or more hard drives. The videos from IP cameras can be recorded on DVRs but a codec is needed for each camera to convert the IP video stream back to an analog signal so it can be recorded. Some DVRs connect to the network and can be viewed using the camera.

DVRs have the following internal components:

1- An analog to digital converter, or encoder, which converts the analog video signals into the digital domain.

2- Digital storage, usually hard disks, where digital representation of the analog signals is stored and is ready for use.

3- A database, relating the digital information to references; time, alarms and other metadata, enabling the video information to be retrieved and displayed quickly and easily.

4- Digital to analog conversion and replay controls.

5- These are usually found more in Smaller, standalone DVRs and less common in enterprise level DVRs.

6- An operating system, which runs the whole DVR.

7- A computer network interface, found in more recent DVRs, to allow the DVR to be interrogated remotely.

DVRs have …

Is Samsung's LN46A50 Touch of Color LCD the Ultimate High Definition TV?

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What kind of TV would be considered as high definition? Should its price be as high as what a sky rocket can reach and its features are pleasing enough for the President of every country? Well, Samsung defined High Definition through its latest model in addition to its already legendary series.

While different brands have emerged with their up-to-date and more advanced LCD TV models, Samsung did its best to maintain its place and even prevail over the rest of the other brands. This pioneer LCD brand introduced the Samsung Touch of Color flat screen TV. Technically termed as the Samsung Ln52A650 model, that is for the 52-incl flat screen; This new Samsung LCD is ready to set new trends in home television viewing. The traditional piano black color of the screen's interior was touched by an attractive and eye-catching red streak. The overall appearance is a sleek, modern, classy, ​​and elegant screen. This would definitely let you experience the unique opportunity of having your entertainment set be a worthy piece of art. It is expected that other television and LCD manufacturers will be keeping up with this innovation.

However, note that the Touch of Color LCD is not simply amazing only in its exterior. As the pioneer brand, Samsung of course also provides its consumers and supporters the real value for their money. The attractive appearance is just a bonus, as they say. Samsung LCDs still offer brilliant and excellent performance in terms of picture and video quality. Most of the Samsung models are full 1080p High Definition resolution. You will definitely see and experience clear, crisp, and lifelike images.

Additionally, this new model has 4ms response time and an Auto Motion Plus technology that doubles the frame rate of 60Hz making it 120Hz. This new technology makes frame …

New Technology Trends For Future Gadgets And Mobile Devices

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If all the predictions of the twenty-first century were correct then by now we should be driving flying cars and we should be having robots do our household tasks. Predicting which gadgets and technological devices will change our lives is a task fraught with difficulty. The future predictions are not 100% accurate but they do guide us and help us discover what new gadgets will become the part of our daily lives in future.

Based on the trends of today that include instantaneous communications everywhere and mobile access to e-mails it can be predicted that the future will consist of even faster networks, increased performance of computer processing and storage. Lighter, portable and cheaper high definition screens will be available and the Smartphone will rival today’s desktop PC’s for power and storage. The trends for future gadgets are:

• Miniaturization
• Futuristic, innovative and bold design
• Touch screens
• Using hi technology and hi speed microchips
• Greener gadgets

Miniaturization

Miniaturization trend is related to the creation of ever-smaller mechanical, optical, and electronic products and devices. There is an inclination towards constructing and manufacturing ever smaller-scale gadgets due to the desire for size efficiency and mobility. Devices that take less space are more desired than those that are bigger, bulkier and occupy more space. Miniature gadgets are being created because they are convenient to use, easier to carry and easier to store.

Futuristic and innovation design

The future trend for the gadgets is to take up an innovative design or to adopt a combination between a traditional design and a futuristic one. Certainly numerous simple gadgets will be there which will adopt the classic design for those of you who regard simplicity as the new intricacy and who simply do not like using hi tech gadgets.

Touch screens

The …