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post #1 of 17 Old 12-30-2000, 07:21 PM - Thread Starter
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If you're mad as hell about what's going on with HDTV, and you don't want to take it, write a letter to the chairman of the FCC.

Here's the address:

Chairman Wiliam E. Kennard is outgoing.
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445 12thy Street S.W.
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e-mail: bkennard@fcc.gov

I highly recommend snail mail. It's heavier and thus harder to ignore. Don't take it lying down! Fight back! Best wishes for the new millenium! Let's make it the millenim of full resolution HDTV!

P.S. - Michael Powell is going to be the new chairman. So, let's address the letters to him or just to the chairman.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-01-2001, 12:21 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm a little disappointed in the lack of response here. DID ANYBODY READ GARY MERSON'S ARTICLE HDTV INSIDER in the latest issue of The Perfect Vision concerning the DFAST cable and satelite boxes? See page 37 of issue 34, Jan./Feb. 2001.

Do you want to pay to timeshift? If the MPAA and the cable industry get their way you will! We need a letter writing campaign here. Don't be apothetic, you'll regret it later when the gates of steel lower! This DFAST thing has the potential to be every bit as insideous as DIVX. Happy new millenium!

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I am surprised as well about the lack of response about the hard drives stuff also. Maybe it is because the coverage has not started up in the regular press. I will include a couple of links to an Online IT magazine in England called The Register that show how the hard drive end of that spec works. It could be pretty darn bad. While the content providers are all gung ho about the Digital Millenium Copyright Act they are forgetting all about the fair use laws. This just proves the Divx people are not going away, just changing their tack.
EFF's Gilmore calls for CPRM hardware boycott
Everything you ever wanted to know about CPRM, but ZDNet wouldn't tell you...
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You need to look to see the parts where home video stuff is mentioned but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if this spec is in every hard drive sold it will be used.

This could turn into a major issue involving consumer choice.



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I agree, the more noise we make the better we're heard.

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Kennard could probably care less. In another couple of weeks, he'll be out of a job with the change of administrations. The new guy will be Michael Powell. He's Colin Powell's son and he has been highly critical of Kennard. Maybe he'll be the strong leader we need to get this headed back in the right direction. Time will tell.

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Thanks for that info Steve. We should address our letters to him or simply to the chairman. Best wishes!

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Thanks Lee and Westly! We need to mobilize the forum. I think far too many folks don't understand what's afoot here. I for one do not wish to be a digital slave or serf. This is the most serious issue that surrounds digital TV. I believe the fate of HDTV is lurking in the balance here. This could be the begnning of the end of "fair use" as we have know it. This is worse than DIVX! DIVX only concerned video discs, this would ultimately encompass all digital media, I believe. Good work guys! We'll wake the forum up I hope. Happy new millenium!

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Peeps, we all will! The cost will be incorporated into the price of cable boxes, Satelite boxes, and hard drives. Of course, after we pay for this, we'll have less utility out of our own equipment, OW!!!

Everybody should read the Register to see the parallel effort for computer equipment. The powers that be hope we're sleeping through this!

It's time to act! BE LOUD!

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We are the folks who defeated DIVX! I'm suprised at the apathy here on the forum on this issue. I'm steadfastly against any copy control beyond Pay-per-view. And, in the case of PPV we should be able to timeshift it or make atleast one copy. APATHY DOES NOT PAY!



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">And, in the case of PPV we should be able to timeshift it or make at least one copy.</font>
Timeshift PPV? Make at least one copy of PPV?

It's my understanding that you won't even be able to VIEW it at more then 480i on any currently existing HD set.

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Tom, it could be higher quality, maybe not. 600i has been mentioned. Where are you HDTV'ers?

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See: www.2600.com

These guys are being prosecuted under the Digital Millenium Act&lt;&lt;read the threat to freedom act!! This is a threat to free speech, property rights, and of course the fair use of legally obtained and used copyrighted media. All they did was publish how to make DVD compatiable with Linnus based stuff.

Read the court documents at the bottom of the page. I'll be watching this plight!

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For a forum full of HDTV'ers this ought to be a hot topic! I hope I'm inspiring a few letters....

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Hi Rachael,

Take a look at this post by Mark C in the HDTV forum. I think you'll like what you see.

EVERYONE ELSE.... take a look too. It's an easy simi-automatic way to email concerns to all 5 FCC Commissioners.

http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/009907.html

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Thanks Monsoon! I'm ot using the form though. I'm composing my own complaints! I whine loud! Best wishes!

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Rachel, this post might have been better served in the HDTV forum, where there are a number of very long posts on the same topic. This is the general HT forum and that's probably the reason for the tepid response. You might want to ask David Bott to move this thread to the HDTV forum, which is where it really belongs.

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