Originally Posted by HoustonPerson
IMO the world of the DVR should leave the 18th century and enter the 21st century. The technology part is easy; the legal part is not. I hope Sony can do something. They may again decide to forgo the USA market. We could be stuck in the 18th century forever.
The choices presented to us are not due to a free market. If that were so, cablecard would rule and there would be a choice of DVR at the local Big Box. It was decided that all DVR should be rented....for those who insist, Tivo, which still requires a subscription, even for OTA. We'd be seeing 1TB drives in triple tuner boxes with a cable card slot. What we have is a monopoly, and the choices are limited not so much by business but by the major players. No one wants to upset the "content providers" so things like HDMI/HDCP are "voluntary" and adopted-and no one leaves the reservation. The HDMI plug enforces the "voluntary" rules...DVI was hacked into HDMI solely because DVI was open source and there was a real possiblity it would become a default standard like the RCA plug. I am impressed in a cynical way that they got this all to work because of licensing a new design....and making everyone use it. They have the money to sue anyone who goes to China and gets a few thousand recorders made and imported...again based on licensing that stupid plug, not based upon any actual copyright of content. Analog sunset closes the workaround....and our equipment becomes just a bit less useful to protect Hollywood's business model.
The industry gets real time ratings (you know most boxes talk back, right ?) and forever rental revenue, as there are no alternatives presented...unless you troll this board, and/or build computers for a hobby. There is very intentionally no real replacement at the big box for that VCR you got in 1980...unless you rent it from the cable co. Oh, and then it is easier to enforce broadcast flags, and make sure that it is impossible to export the show. (real pirates are not inconvenienced, etc etc etc).
The only ones which had any real distribution were the Channelmaster/Dish DVR, all buggy as all get-out, and eventually dropped-no Cablecard either. Limiting the gadget to OTA limited the exposure of the gadget makers as they didn't have to agree to the Cablecard requirements as well, but killed the market. Credit where it is due...if TiVo hadn't fought for cablecard, then there'd be zero alternative to the cable co box. (yup, hate that SA 8300....)
Yes, I am annoyed that I have to keep this museum piece running when I've retired the Windows 95 machine, the SD-TV, and the skinny ties. Even we are dependent on Big Content, via their handmaiden macrovision....it's NOT an error there is no clock set screen for this device.