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|"Ultimately, the issue might be taking the digital television standards, as they have been set by the FCC, and have them evolve to include provisions for content playback for any device (cable set-top boxes, television sets or PVRs) that have that functionality," Mr. Wolzien said.|
Regulation most likely would come in the form of client and server-based software technology already available for streaming, downloads and displaying video files from the Web,
not unlike what is used for ESPN Motion, Mr. Wolzien said.
Less likely, and less effective, would be any attempt to ban the recording of television signals by digital recording devices, while allowing the recording of separate, controllable, digital video files that television stations could transmit along with their video, he said.
In any case, waiting on PVR regulation would not be prudent, given how quickly consumers took to downloading recorded music free off of the Internet. The practice that is so out of control and unregulated has siphoned tens of billions of dollars out of music company pockets.
"That's what makes cable's wholesale embrace of PVR technology look a little like an industry chewing on its own legs," Mr. Wolzien said.
"The irony here is that the cable industry has made the programmers its first enemy these days, blaming
them for higher cable rates charged consumers," he said.
"Yet cable and satellite providers are introducing PVR technology that can have no other impact than to drive up program costs even more," he said. "Through their rapid distribution of uncontrolled PVRs, cable and satellite companies have stumbled into a serious problem while looking for short-term gains to drive investor interest.