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Attn. Mark Buttra re TV Guide On Screen / Rovi being discontinued
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Over the years - have come to depend on my DHG HDD500 - and also have valued your comments/suggestions when problems occured.
In your opinion - any chance this decision may be reversed? Any thoughts on how we might be able influence or modify this phase-out?
The fact is - these machines are great in that picture quality as well as capacity of hard drive provides an acceptable alternative to costly
cable/Tivo. The fact that the technology exists - but is being kept from the Public is not a feather in cap of Free Enterprise. One can't buy a Digital Video
Recorder - unless you are willing to subscribe to Tivo or put yourself into the hands of the Cable Companies. Soon as we went Digital - and the way it
was carried out - cast a pall on Free TV.
Regards to all.
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Nicely summed up. The content providers realized they had to lock everything down...CSS on DVD was too weak, although at the time it was sent out into the world, no one thought that a cheap home DVD burner was on the horizon-in the same way that the VCR was an unexpected game changer. This begat Blu Ray, HDMI/HDCP, and analog sunset for blu ray players, and gradually, everything else. The Cable Company in my area first got rid of analog signals, then encrypted all the QAM save OTA rebroadcasts-buh bye no-box "digital ready" TV sets...... They "gave out free boxes for a year" so no one would complain that the garage TV and the Kitchen TV now became $90 per year (each) luxuries. Now, every point on the CATV system is ended by THEIR digital box, also reporting back ratings in real time. I get that this also cut down on stolen CATV, but the real reason was to monetize all or most of those secondary TV sets hooked up to the system. I find it interesting that if I disconnect my cable boxes, they take about an hour to recall my settings-and only activate after approved by the "head end"....it's not just descrambling the QAM-The box is set for 480i, feeding an SD set. Disconnected it puts out 720 until the head end instructs it as to the actual settings.
The only things left "open" in High Def are OTA TV....and even that was fought-the carriers wanted OTA to carry the "broadcast flag", which would say copy freely, copy once, or copy never. This didn't occur, but as they got EVERYTHING else they wanted, all neatly hidden and conducted under the guise of Digital Conversion, I'd say they are entitled to crack that 21 yo bottle of Scotch on the deck of the Malibu beach house. There's no "record in" jack anywhere to be found anymore outside of a computer.
Our corner of this is just a loose end...somewhere, in the CableCard Labs, or the HDCP "highly confidential" meeting, the statement was uttered...."how did we ever approve this device, which has no kill switch from a headend ?".
I guess the HDD does, and we're seeing it.
As far as the internet goes, force Internet providers to be police (which they don't want to do), and assess insane "statutory" damages against minor file sharers in private lawsuits. Piracy is wrong but a lot of what has gone after is crazy.Edited by speedlaw - 12/5/12 at 9:43am