From everything I have read previously, it was alluded that the delay in PAL Progressive was due to the "lack of agreed copy protection standard", with the finger pointed at macrovision for not having this ready. On Friday, I had the opportunity to meet with the President of Macrovision, and I asked him for his thoughts on this matter. He didn`t think it was them , but said he would check with his chief engineer.True to his word, this morning I received the following answer..... Subject: RE: Macrovision Encoding for 625p Waveforms Dear Steven- re our conversation on Friday about whether Macrovision is responsible for the delay in the launch of 625p (PAL progressive scan) CE devices, please see the response below from Peter Wonfor who is our Director of Technical Support for our Video Technology division. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Also- if you have a minute, perhaps you could let me know more specifically where the query came from? Thanks Bill Bill Krepick President/COO Macrovision Corp. 1341 Orleans Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94089 tel 408.743.8420 fax 408.743.8610 e-mail: email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: Peter Wonfor Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 5:31 PM To: Bill Krepick Cc: Carol Flaherty Subject: Macrovision Encoding for 625p Waveforms Importance: High Hi Bill: I understand that one of our intitutional investors has heard comments from either the studios or the hardware manufacturers that Macrovision is holding up the introduction of 625p (Progressive Scan) outputs on DVD players. I find this extraordinarily surprising, and feel that there must be a misperception somewhere. Since the procedure to adopt a new output signal standard is not as simple as might reasonably be imagined, I hope the following brief summary of the status of 625p copy protection, and what needs to be done to permit its introduction will help to explain this. 1. Macrovision has provided a timely proposal for a Macrovision-encoded 625p copy protection waveform in response to requests from a number of CE hardware/device companies and IC manufacturers. For the same technical reasons that applied in the case of 525p copy protection, the proposed 625p copy protection waveform can not be field tested by Macrovision since there are no (or insufficient) pre-existing 625p capable display products deployed in the market on which to perform compatibility tests. Macrovision has contacted the Studios directly to let them know that Macrovision is prepared to support 625p copy protection encoding and that the proposed Macrovision encoded waveform definition is available. 2. The only entities that can approve the use of 625p outputs on DVD players are the rights holders (studios). Once the studios have endorsed the concept of having Macrovision copy protection on the 625p outputs, a modification to the CSS license agreement would be required, since this is linked to the requirement for a Macrovision license and to implementing copy protection on analog video outputs. 3. To expedite the introduction of DVD players with 625p outputs, those with the primary interest in achieving this objective need to make representation to the studios, since the studios are the onces to decide whether 625p copy protection using Macrovision's technology is satisfactory. By presenting its 625p copy protection waveform specification proposal to the CPTWG (Copy Protection Technical Working Group) Macrovision has made this information available to a wide relevant audience that included representatives of the studios, hardware companies, IC manufacturers, and representatives of the DVD Forum and DVD-CCA (i.e., CSS Licensing entity) organizations. Macrovision cannot unilaterally approve and release a 625p Macrovision waveform definition for the same reasons as were applicable in the case of 525p. 4. Display manufacturers have a specific interest in any new waveform that their products are expected to be compatible with. Macrovision has responded to all such manufacturers requesting information, and has proactively contacted other CE manufacturers in an attempt to make sure that the proposed 625p Macrovision encoding will be compatible with 625p display products that come on to the market. 5. Since no additional license fees or costs will be charged by Macrovision for 625p Macrovision encoding (it will be included in the existing 525p specifications and agreement documents upon approval by the Studios and DVD authorities) there is no delay to the adoption of 625p as a result of cost considerations. I would be very interested to find out how the impression arose that we were responsible for holding up implementation of 625Progressive Scan devices. Macrovision has no interest in delaying the launch of 625p-capable products; Macrovision's objective is to support the Studios in providing the best possible copy protection for any analog video signal format with which its technology is compatible. This would hardly be achieved by deliberately delaying the introduction of products with 625p Macrovision-encoded outputs. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. Any thoughts folks !!