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No more fast forward for TWC DVR's??

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Looks like TWC is trying to upscale TiVo with their own patents;
http://www.fiercecable.com/story/time-warner-cable-patents-method-disabling-fast-forward-function-dvrs/2012-06-19
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Time Warner Cable has won a U.S. patent for a method for disabling fast-forward and other trick mode functions on digital video recorders.
The patent, which lists Time Warner Cable principal architect Charles Hasek as the inventor, details how the nation's second largest cable MSO may be able prevent viewers from skipping TV commercials contained in programs stored on physical DVRs it deploys in subscriber homes, network-based DVRs and even recording devices subscribers purchase at retail outlets.

Might have to go back to my Selectavision. biggrin.gif
post #2 of 6
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One month ago they put this prediction;
http://www.fiercecable.com/story/set-tops-will-become-extinct-time-warner-cable-ceo-britt-says/2012-05-21
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Cable set-tops will become extinct, and eventually be replaced by smart TVs and other IP-connected devices such as gaming consoles, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt told attendees at the opening session here at The Cable Show.

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They only filed the patent; they haven't announced plans to use it in any products yet. When they do, it will just be one more reason to use a stand-alone DVR or HTPC.
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When they do, it will just be one more reason to use a stand-alone DVR or HTPC.
TiVo will be happy. Maybe they can stop suing. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

They only filed the patent; they haven't announced plans to use it in any products yet. When they do, it will just be one more reason to use a stand-alone DVR or HTPC.

Buying your own DVR may be no protection. From that article: "prevent viewers from skipping TV commercials contained in programs stored on physical DVRs it deploys in subscriber homes, network-based DVRs and even recording devices subscribers purchase at retail outlets."

If this comes to pass, it does sound like another reason to not subscribe to cable...
post #6 of 6
@ Thomas

Most stand-alone DVRs only support OTA and QAM anyway, so it's highly unlikely that they would be designed to respect such proprietary flags (or that OTA would be allowed to use them). HTPC software certainly would ignore it, as many programs for playing DVDs already ignore the various flags that try to prevent skipping over warnings and previews.
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