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Information about DRM video playback on Philips portable audio/video players

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Philips portable audio/video players are capable of playing back DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected video from online video stores that use the Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10 technology.

These online video stores offer videos for purchase, rent, and subscription. These videos are in the Windows Media Video (WMV) file format and come in 3 major forms.

Information on Windows Media DRM 10 protected video formats

Standard-Definition (SD) Video Format
Online stores offer this video format for PC/laptop playback and for some portable players that support it.
SD formats are not playable natively by any of the Philips portable devices, but:

  • In Windows Vista, SD video CAN be transferred using Windows Media Player 11 as long as the online video store allows transfer to portable devices (that is, the online store provides a license for transfer to a portable device in addition to the PC playback license).
  • In Windows XP, SD video CANNOT be transferred to any Philips portable devices (using Windows Media Player 10 or 11 or Media Converter, or by dragging and dropping from Windows Explorer).
  • The Media Converter software will not convert or transfer DRM-protected SD videos to Philips devices.

PD (Portable Definition) Video Format
This video format is offered by online stores as an option during purchase, rental, or download of video from a subscription service and is essentially meant for PC/laptop playback and portable players.
PD formats are natively playable by the Philips PMC7230 and SA6xxx players. In addition:

  • In Windows Vista, PD video CAN be transferred to Philips portable devices using Windows Media Player 11. There is no need to use Media Converter software in this case.
  • In Windows XP, PD video can only be transferred to the PMC7230 and SA6xxx players using Windows Media Player 11.
  • The Media Converter software will not convert or transfer DRM-protected PD videos to Philips devices.

MD (Mobile Definition) Video Format
Not yet common, but expected to become so at online stores soon, this video format is essentially meant for playback on devices that have smaller screens (such as mobile phones).
MD formats are natively playable by all the Philips portable audio/video players.

  • In Windows Vista, MD video CAN be transferred using Windows Media Player 11.
  • In Windows XP, MD video CAN be transferred using Windows Media Player 10 & Windows Media Player 11.

 

Services offered by stores using Windows Media DRM 10 technology

Subscription Services Philips portable audio/video players have Windows Media Digital Rights Management for Portable Devices technology and support content (audio and video), enabled by Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10, from online stores that offer subscription services.
Subscription services allow users to download content to their PCs for a monthly subscription fee. In most cases, this subscription content is transferable to portable devices.
Users can download tracks from the catalog of the service provider they subscribe to, play them as often as desired, and transfer them to Philips portable audio/video players. Subscription content has usage rights or licenses with start and end dates. Users must connect to their service providers through their PCs before or at the end of their billing cycles to ensure their licenses are renewed. The portable player to which this content is transferred also must be connected to the PC to ensure the licenses on the player are renewed. Licenses are renewed as long as users continue paying the subscription fee. If payment is not made, the licenses expire and the content is no longer playable.

Purchase and Download Single Tracks
Philips portable audio/video players have Windows Media Digital Rights Management for Portable Devices technology and support content, enabled by Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10, from online stores that offer content for purchase and download.
Users can purchase and download to their PC content protected with Windows Media DRM from content providers on a per-title basis. Transfer to Philips portable audio/video players depends on the usage rights offered at the time of content purchase.

Rental Services
Philips portable audio/video players have Windows Media Digital Rights Management for Portable Devices technology and support content, enabled by Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10, from online stores that offer rental content.
Service providers offer content download services that enable users to rent and download titles (usually a movie or TV show) to their PC using a time-based license that allows them to begin viewing anytime within 30 days and for 24 hours once playback has started. Transfer to Philips portable audio/video players depends on the usage rights offered at the time of content rental.
The time-based license discussed here is only an example, the license terms and conditions could vary depending on the service provider.

Information on Online Video Stores*

  • All online video stores offer content that is playable on PCs. This content is in SD format.
  • Some stores do not allow content to be transferred beyond the PC (i.e. to a portable device).
  • Some stores offer content that can be played back on a PC and transferred to a portable device. These stores typically offer content in SD and PD formats, and the user can choose to download one or both. Stores could also offer content in SD format only; SD files can be TRANSFERRED using Windows Media Player 11 in Windows Vista.

 

* This is a sample list of stores/services, indicating the content type offered and the Philips device support for transfer and playback. The list is not exhaustive. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, users are advised to refer to the online store's documentation/support.

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