updated 06:05 pm EDT, Wed April 14, 2010
Samsung to use PlayReady DRM on TVs, devices
Microsoft announced this week that Samsung will use its PlayReady DRM for a range of home devices, including cellphones, digital video players, TVs and other devices. The move is purportedly aimed at providing a more consistent experience for copy protected games, music, photos and video across all of Samsung's hardware.
The first PlayReady-compatible Samsung devices will ship later in 2010, and Samsung expects to change all of its electronics devices from Windows Media DRM to PlayReady by 2012.
Microsoft's newer copy protection scheme differs from Windows Media in its format independence. While Windows Media is limited to Microsoft's in-house codes, PlayReady layers on top of most variants of AAC audio and H.264 video in addition to WMA and WMV.