Will the broadcast flag interfere with consumers ability to make copies of
DTV content for their personal use, either on personal video recorders or
removable media?
I don't believe so. People will still be able to tape/record any programs
they want inorder to watch them at a later time.
Would the digital flag interfere with consumers ability to send DTV content
across networks, such as home digital networks connecting digital set top
boxes, digital recorders, digital servers and digital display devices?
The digital flag should cause no problems with individuals and/or families
sharing information internally. It could possibly cut down on copyright
infringement.
Would the broadcast flag requirement limit consumers ability to use their
existing electronic equipment (equipment not built to look for the flag) or
make it difficult to use older components with new equipment that is
compliant with the broadcast flag standard?
No, this technology will not interfear with existing electronic equipment.
It's the same as when records changed to 8-tracks then to tapes and now to
cd's. As technology advances consumers understand and relize that their
purchases won't last forever. If they did then we would really have a
stagnent manufacturing economy. As long as some good standards are in
place then it all works out in the end.
Would a broadcast flag requirement limit the development of future
equipment providing consumers with new options?
No, a broadcast flag could actually lead to new options and possiblly
better ones.
What will be the cost impact, if any, that a broadcast flag requirement
would have on consumer electronics equipment?
The cost impact should be a minimum. From a technical standpoint this
doesn't seem that hard. Provided that there are some universial standards
in place.