[mythtv-users] A terrifying patent sparks a new idea

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon May 8 18:28:51 EDT 2006

On May 8, 2006, at 4:12 PM, Rudy Zijlstra wrote:

> Richard Bronosky wrote:
>> I've had a crazy week.  (I'll describe this later)  But it has caused
>> me to have a lot of off the wall thoughts.  I am (believe it or not)
>> only posting a select few of them here.
>> This weekend I decided I was in the market for a video camera.  While
>> researching I stumbled on this article: (Specifically the part about
>> "The advert enforcer")
>> http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9011
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/dev/200187? 
> search_string=engelfriet;#200187

It's really nothing different from the UOPs that prevent your fast- 
forwarding through the FBI warning etc. I don't know why it is such a  
big deal all of a sudden, publicity I guess.

If the program source transmits data that the playback device pays  
attention to just about anything like this is possible:

Insert 25-cents to skip this commercial ?? Only show the ice-melt  
commercial if it is snowing in your area at the time ?? Only show the  
Pampers commercial if your household has young children ?? Show the  
Accu-Check spot if you are known to have diabetes ??  Only show the  
beer commercial if you are over 21 ?? Only show the Jeep commercial  
if you have a valid driver's license ?? Only show the Microsoft  
commercial if you are know to have a mental disability ??

Just about anything is possible.

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