Definition - What does Broadcast Flag mean?
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
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
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.