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 CSS Managed Recording FAQ
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Message Text: The DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) released some information regarding the "CSS Managed Recording" technology, which was lately approved by the DVD Forum.

CSS Managed Recording, sometimes referred to as "CSS managed burning," is a new function that enables commercial audiovisual content to be recorded on special recordable DVD media using the same content protection system as pre-recorded DVD Video -- the Content Scramble System (CSS). The DVDCCA announced this new functionality in August 2006.

According to DVD CCA, the new DVDs will be compatible with the majority of existing consumer electronics DVD players worldwide.

Initially, the application of CSS Managed Recording will be limited to so-called "professional uses" by which a business may manufacture on demand and sell recorded DVDs for home entertainment using a business -to-business supply chain. Such professional uses can be kiosk-based at retail or done in a centralized manufacturing facility. For example, a disc manufacturer or retail store "burns" content onto a disc in response to a consumer or end user order.

"Assuming successful professional application of CSS Managed Recording, consumer electronic sell-through applications, by which consumers may download content and record onto the new recordable media through an authorized online digital distribution system, are likely to follow," said DVD CCA in a statement.

The CSS Managed Recording process requires discussion and testing in addition to the development of a new video specification from the DVD Forum. For example, a study had to be undertaken to confirm the compatibility with existing DVD players. It also takes time to complete physical disc specifications for the new recordable DVD media. So the exact commercialization time of the new DVDs is not clear yet.
 
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