[mythtv-users] Please spend the time to write or call your representatives

Steve Adeff adeffs at gmail.com
Sat Dec 24 02:41:41 EST 2005

On Thursday 22 December 2005 22:50, Jonathan Tidmore wrote:
> On 12/22/05, Mark H <mrhegstrom at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This is in response to a thread on knoppmyth.  Thought I'd share my
> > thoughts about the new analog hole bill and the future of DVR's:
> >
> >    As the old hardware dies off (VCR's, current DVR's) then it will be
> > illegal to record anything.    From what I heard from an interview with
> > the guys at EFF,  almost anything that is created is automatically
> > assumed to be under copyright unless they specifically state that it is
> > not.
> >    There will be no more fair use at all.   It will be illegal to time
> > shift (skip commercials) which is the main source of their complaint.  
> > If this happens I forsee everthything will be pay-per-record/on-demand. 
> > You pay your cable company for the right to receive the channel and view
> > its content (shows),  you will pay again to be able to record it/re-watch
> > it and it will still have all commercial content. No time shifting other
> > than pause.   On top of that the content will auto-expire after a certain
> > # of days unless you pay again.    This is where we are headed everyone.
> Realistically though, how many people out there would put up with this?  I
> watch TV now because its easy and cheap.  You make it complicated with
> multi-tiered pricing and a multitude of restrictions, TV loses much of its
> value.  I will look for entertainment elsewhere.  When consumers stop
> viewing their awful and overpriced content, that'll be the day they'll
> start to switch back to the current model which has made them trillions and
> trillions of dollars over the years.  There's only so far corporate greed
> will go before consumers get turned off and look elsewhere for
> entertainment.
> I'm sorry, but Desperate Housewives isn't worth the hassle.

except that they'll have the government regulate your viewing habits forcing 
you to have to watch at least 10 hours of tv a week to be considered a 


More information about the mythtv-users mailing list