[mythtv-users] prebuilt pvrs for developers benefit?

James Orr james at orrwhat.net
Tue May 4 14:56:38 EDT 2004

On Tue, 2004-05-04 at 13:39, Bill Chmura wrote:
> Is it really illegal to edit out commercials?  I doubt it since I have a VCR 
> that marks and autoskips commercials.  I know ted turner says you are 
> stealing if you don't watch all the commericals with undivided attention (no 
> bathroom trips for you) - but big business only owns the goverment, not the 
> hearts and souls of the people (well maybe some of the dumber ones).

No, it's perfectly legal to edit out commercials.  I was really just
trying to point out that distribution is actually illegal while editing
isn't though some people would like it to be :).

Most PVRs won't have an editing option.  I think Myth is the only one
that does, right?  But still, advertisers will have to move into a
different area.  Personally I think it will be more on screen ads during
shows than product placement.  Networks already do it to advertise their
own shows, there was one recently that not only popped a baseball up on
the screen but had the sound of a crowd cheering which totally drowned
out the sound on the program.  Very annoying.  It's just a matter of
time before it's a pepsi ad, and people will accept it because it's too
much hassle to complain about and we like our shows too much to boycot

James Orr <james at orrwhat.net>

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