[WEBINAR] Bulletproof: How Today's Business Leaders Stay on Top

Broadcast Flag

Definition - What does Broadcast Flag mean?

A broadcast flag is a digital data stream status bit that flags, and thus prevents, the unauthorized recording of a digital TV transmission. Broadcast flags forbid the capturing of high-definition (HD) digital video in its high-resolution format.

Broadcast flag applications are encrypted into protected media and implemented to prevent illegal digital content sharing via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that violate copyright laws. Broadcast flags also eliminate the need to save digital programs to hard disks and prevents the modification of high-quality digital images.

Techopedia explains Broadcast Flag

Any illegal attempt to record copyrighted movies, songs and TV shows are immediately halted when technological protections are implemented via broadcast flag applications. Data streaming status bits suspend these types of recordings and potentially improper distributions.

Broadcast flags employ certain restrictions, as follows:
  • Restricts users from saving a digital program to a hard drive or other non-volatile storage
  • Prevents copying of secondary digital content recordings for sharing or archiving
  • Forcefully reduces digital content quality during recording
  • Restricts users from skipping commercials
In November 2003, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated broadcast flag technology integration for all digital TV sets distributed after July 2005. Multiple restrictions were implemented. Thus, many consider this mandate a consumer rights violation. However, total restriction from downloading and uploading digital TV contents is difficult because of the availability of numerous non-broadcast flag devices.

Even compatible broadcast flag devices have analog connectors. Analog files or programs may be easily converted into the digital format by plugging analog connectors into a computer.
Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.