Advertisements Not sure that accurately presents things. The FCC attempted to regulate the broadcast flag to "ensure the succes of the digital broadcast transition" and was slapped down by the courts. As far as I understand broadcast TV is still allowed to add the flag to their content but no one is required to pay any attention to it. Anyway cable labs and the people that license content to cable all have their own license agreements and violating those would likely be illegal. And i think breaking encrytption is illegal by dmca under certain conditions. But blowing off flag bits seems not to be illegal.