It’s critical for developers to understand how digital television (DTV) content protection (CP) policies affect their designs. It’s also critical for developers to understand the protection requirements that content owners expect. Ultimately, content owners want consumers to enjoy broadcast content, and manufacturers want consumers to enjoy their PC systems. Content protection policy is a negotiated balance between the content owners desire for control over content and marketable system design. This white paper explains the theory, policies, and goals that motivate basic CP requirements for the PC. This information will help developers understand the current expectations, accepted practices, and responsibilities of all parties involved.