Originally Posted by reggie14
DTCP-IP isn't a silver bullet either. DTCP-IP gets you live TV and live TV alone.
Just writing a DTCP-IP client doesn't get you *****.
It just gets you live TV from a DTCP-IP compliant tuner/stream. The "DVR" part of the eco-system has the exact same restrictions with DTCP-IP as it does with today's methods. As far as that part of the system is concerned, the problem isn't DTCP-IP, it's DRM.
Think about this for a second. WHY did Microsoft implement an extender based model for protected TV?? To implement DRM, because without DRM the studios wouldn't allow Microsoft access to the content. Now, how does that situation change, just because DTCP-IP came along? It doesn't.
As far as online streaming goes...the problem isn't WMC, it's the fact that it's PC
based. If all these companies made it real easy for you to consume their content within WMC, would you spend the $70 or so on these streamer boxes? Nope. Now, if they wrote fantastic plugins for WMC and priced them at $50, would you buy them?
I'm guessing no. These companies get a cut from EVERY device sold, that can access their content, in the form of licensing fees. Unless Microsoft is willing to eat that cost, it aint happening on a PC, until pigs fly.
Admit it, we're all cheap
. We all want free stuff. Not because we can't spend the money from a monetary standpoint, but it's the mindset. If Media Browser was $25 (or $50 or whatever), would you still be using it?
We probably know the answer to that.
btw...Intel announced a new "web TV" initiative today...promising a more "interactive" TV experience. Word is that their vaporware settop box has an HD webcam built in..for...well..something. They claim it's for facial recognition. For watching TV
?? Time will tell.