Originally Posted by sawbones999
What exactly doesn't your box do which you wish that it did?
Other than a few odd quirks, mine works great! Especially for the cost. What legal issues do you foresee with the iview? Technically, we do have the code (albeit in machine readable form), and there was nothing in my documentation such as a license agreement which expressly forbids decompiling, modifying, or distributing that code or any derivatives thereof.
About DRM, I respect the need for it, and the need for implementation, but not when those needs are self serving. For instance Google, acquired web drm content decryption software company widevine sometime in 2010. Awhile back companies like netflix started looking for ways to get out of platform dependent drm encryption such as silverlight and flash and began looking at HTML5 and Encyrpted Media Extensions for DRM playback and happened to choose widevine as the CDM (Content Decryption Module) that they would migrate to.
Back in 2013 Google announced widevine_cdm's inclusion into Chrome on all platforms, including android. Last year by default widevine_cdm started to ship in Chrome as a built-in extension, which if you look in their GIThub is distributed as a closed source binary, precompiled for each target platform/OS.
EXCEPT android!! There is source there in the repository to build the wrapper for the extension but the binary portion is oh so absent. Do you know why?
That kind of DRM makes it all look bad. Especially when I have a UBOX R89 android TV box that supports hdmi 2.0, 4K 1080p at 60fps (even non-CPU hardware ENCODING at 30fps), and can run circles around my ADT-1, yet my R89 is artificially capped at 1750kbps 720x480 in Netflix, while my slower and technically inferior ADT-1 does Full 1080p at 5800kbps in the same test in netflix on the same internet connection.
This concludes the Sawbones rant of the day
Well, let's see, off the top of my head (I haven't used
the box in about two months): the episode guide is only
displayed once correctly (if that), after that the new
contents of the episode guide are pasted on to the
bottom of the old episode guide, after a while the
whole mess just stops working at all. If you record
a show with DD 5.1 SS you can't play it back except
in PCM 2.0. It doesn't have a clock or reliable
recording capabilities and lists channels and programs
according to their own bizarre numbering scheme.
Is that enough? My ChannelMaster CECB is capable
of displaying the episode guide properly, but then I
would have had to spend like another $400 to get an
episode guide at all in my Sony flatscreen, so I don't
really know how to compare these various boxes in
Legal issues always abound in software development,
you just mentioned an annoying DRM loophole from
our frenemies at Google(TM). Obviously the things
I said I'd like to fix are probably not at all related to
DRM, so they have to be filed under the general
umbrella of software developers behaving stupidly.
I don't want to decompile the box software to fix
it, I don't see that as a viable option. If you do, more
power to you, and if you think there is no legal
ramification for doing so go ahead and set up a
source tree and I'll fix the problems and you can
compile a loadable binary which you can make available
to everybody here. If any legal problems do arise
I never said this, you don't know who I am and even
if you did I'd deny it, it's all on you...
maxreactance (actually my real name unless sued, then not)