This only hurts the internet shoppers who shun their local dealers and buy stuff on the net for cheap from unauthorized dealers with no warranty and no service agreement. For the DIY person who does buy from an authorized dealer, no problem. For people who already have remotes, you already have the software. What more do you need? Youre remote works, right? IF you need an IR code thats not in the database, you can get it elsewhere or learn it. Finally, this is America. URC is free to do as they wish. I am sure they didnt sit in a meeting and think "How can we screw the people that use our product and cause some people to rant and rave on the internet." If they thought it would really hurt their business, they wouldnt have done it. Think what you want, but if you dont like it, fine. Dont like it. I hate Microsoft. They do the same thing! IF you get a unauthorized copy of Windows, you dont get support and upgrades (well...youre not supposed to). But you know what I use on my PC? Microsoft software. Crestron doesnt give out their software to end users. It gives them and their dealers much more leverage to make higher profits on programming and support. And they arent whoring their product out on the internet either. No problem with me. If URC wants to take a tiny step in that direction, fine by me. If you continue to buy from authorized dealers, and support them and the manufacturer, you have nothing to worry about. If you shop on the internet from scumbag dealers who cheat and screw manufacturers, and likely, their customers as often, then you are taking a risk on things like this happening. I have no sympathy for the people who knowingly do this just to save a few $$, and then get hosed on a warranty issue, or sudden change in a company's way of doing business.
How many times have you programmers/dealers/installers had customers try and "fix" or modify their remotes, only to call you for help fixing it? How many times have you had someone call and say "My remote quit working, I think it needs an update"? Hopefully you arent giving the customer the information on how they can do it themselves and not call you fora service call ($$). :)
Anyway, my rant is anti-rant. :) But I concede. This is the internet and people get pissed and rant on the internet. The internet is the KING of ranting. And I cant change that. And this rant is proof. hehe