Originally Posted by Sammy2
Pretty sure HBO and the likes didn't appreciate this much so in order for Verizon to continue to carry their content they had to make the change.
On Charter, most but not all, channels outside the Premiums are copy freely which is nice.
One more nail in the coffin.
Putting aside those who want to go entirely internet and drop cable/sattelite, not too long ago a big reason to have an HTPC was to allow that flexibility to record what you wanted and watch it where you wanted to watch it.
But look what's happened with set top boxes. With my DirecTV, I now have a total of nine DVR tuners in four set top boxes, several terrabytes of storage, and the ability to watch any recorded show not only on any set top box in the house, but on pcs connected to my home network. Even a year or so ago none of that technology existed, and none of that is being threatened by new DRM restrictions. To the contrary, they're encouraging it. On the other hand, they're making it so that with an HTPC, you can only watch what you record on the particular system on which you recorded it.
Plus, with things like HBOGo, and DirecTV anywhere, they provide the ability to watch programming anywhere you have an internet connection, on nearly any kind of device, and they get the ability to sell you on demand programming as well.
The vast majority of people didn't want to mess with HTPCs in the first place. It's a lot simpler to simply get the equipment from DirecTV and use it. Indeed, the "whole home" setup works really well. So that leaves an HTPC as an archival recorder using a capture card like a Colossus (at least for the time being - let's face it, eventually the FCC is going to close the analog hole. It's not a question of if, it's only a matter of when.), and as a streaming media player. But even on that last item, a Roku, or even the apps built right into their TV, is an easier solution for most people. And, of course, the HTPC remains the best "media server" for ripped movies, at least until the studios figure out an effective way to prevent it. But for an increasing number of people that may also become irrelevant as new modes of selling protected movie downloads and streaming movies become more commonplace.
Microsoft also made it pretty clear in their announcements a week or so ago that they see the XBox - not the pc - as the centerpiece of their home media solution.
The way these things are headed, those of us who use htpcs may become even more niche and irrelevant to the market than we are today. I wouldn't be looking for any mainstream players to be directing many R&D dollars in our direction.