Just read about this on a US Website: A spokesman for Toshiba made an announcement at a recent trade show that their next generation format (called HD-DVD for those that dont know), will feature SPDC. So what is it then? OK its complicated but is basically a watermarking process that could virtually end piracy overnight. In essence this is how it will work - Your new £500 player will have an individual ID embedded in the chipset. When you playback a film the player encodes a hidden signal into the image so that if it was copied i.e. sent to a HD-DVDR via a PC, captured on a Hi Def Camera, etc the studios/authorities can read the watermark off of the copy (presumably using special equipment) & know which player was the original source for the copy. Now here's the clever bit, future HD-DVD's will hold a list of the offending HD-DVD Players ID's & will stop playback immediately once detected. So if you have created the copy then your player is shut down & now useless, further punishments could also follow? End result - The professional probably now doesnt make enough profit to cover the cost of new players every few weeks. The amateur doesnt even bother trying as word gets around about what can happen. If HD-DVD beats Blu Ray (hope not as I believe BR is the better format) then this could mean big profits for Toshiba & its partners & possibly cheaper disks for us ?