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November 17, 2004

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I wonder if competition can change this. Back when I initially purchased a ReplayTV, the main menu would show advertisements; likewise, if I paused the unit and left it for a few seconds, an ad would display on the screen until I started playback again. ReplayTV removed the ads because of user complaints, and because TiVo didn't "pollute" the interface with ads.

But ReplayTV caved recently too... it used to have an auto skip feature that blasted through commercials automatically... but that feature was pulled from its most recent lineup.

Perhaps it's time for a new competitor to enter the DVR lineup? With the cost of computer components falling, and the availability of software that allows similar features as ReplayTV and TiVo (without subscription charges, mind you), it would be fairly simple and inexpensive to build a standalone computer that would provide more features at a smaller cost.

I posted this question at Freedom to Tinker, but doesnt anyone think that this will raise a copyright infringement accusation? Current proposals (HR2391, the new "IP Protection Act") seek to criminalize fast-forwarding through ads (which is obviously ludicrous), so shouldnt TiVo get a clue and not place their banner ads over the paid commercial advertisements?

I'm not saying that the newest proposal even stands a chance at getting passed in both houses, but this banner ad scheme seems like a pretty good case for copyright infringement.

I wrote a letter to my senator opposing HR 2391, and in the process came across this site for faxing your representative:

http://www.publicknowledge.org/action/IPPA2391

This whole thing is lame.
My advice? Save your money and get a Media Center equipped PC. No subscription fees (yet) and you don't have to succumb to these pushed out "features" You have to be a little more technically "inclined" to set it up though. We Gen-X'ers won't have a problem with it.

Nooooo, say it ain't so. I dred the day that this happens. I know that it is probably needed from the companies stand point and I guess I will not get rid of my TiVo yet. I will weigh my options once it does start and I will have to make a decision on which way I will go in the DVR war.

""""This whole thing is lame.
My advice? Save your money and get a Media Center equipped PC. No subscription fees (yet) and you don't have to succumb to these pushed out "features" You have to be a little more technically "inclined" to set it up though. We Gen-X'ers won't have a problem with it.""""

Nope.. you'll instead have winblows palladium uber-DRM to be concerned with.

HBO recently implemented this on their tv feeds, and now everyone with media center pc's are no longer capable of recording hbo to removable media.

but hey.. isnt that a great new feature? who wants those dvd's cluttering your house eh?

Well, thanks to the cable plug&play agreements you can count on a lot more "features" like that one as hollywood's now mandated cable DRM gives it leverage to regulate all consumer tech.

Very true, but at least with Windows someone can potentially release a "patch" that circumvents DRM...not really ever an option with TiVo. Also, I shouldn't have just mentioned Media Center PC. There are other programs you can run on a winXP box that do the same thing as Media Center PC. Snapstream is one that comes to mind. You're hits home though as the average user isn't going to make this much effort.

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