Universal Nixes ICT Image Degradation Scheme, For Now

Universal says it won't use that obnoxious ICT (Image Constraint Token) for any of its offerings, at least not yet. This could sound the death knell of the scheme where monitors that don't support HDCP (copy protection) would only receive a standard-definition image from Blu-ray or HD DVD playback.

This follows the lead of Sony, Paramount, Disney and 20th Century Fox, all of whom have said they wouldn't be initially using ICT. According to a BusinessWeek report, Warner Bros. stands alone as the only film studio that's announced plans to use the hated copy protection scheme, but only on some of its titles.

Well, well. It looks like the studio suits are finally starting to think about how these products will be used, loathing the day when a consumer gets the player home, pops in his first HD disk and notices that it doesn't look any better than garden-variety DVD. Good thinking, guys. Why didn't you think of this earlier?

Universal opts not to downscale HD content; ICT dead on arrival? [Ars Technica]