[mythtv-users] Silicondust Makes CableCard Announcement

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Sat Jan 9 19:47:05 UTC 2010

On Sat, Jan 09, 2010 at 05:41:46PM +0000, Simon Hobson wrote:
> jedi wrote:
> > > Really? And when did you have that experience? I play all sorts of
> > > "alien" and "DRM-free" content on my OS/X machine!...
> >    When? As soon as I tried to start playing or manipulating something other
> >than a quicktime file. I still havent gotten vob access sorted out for Apple's
> >tools although 3rd party applications seem less limited.
> >
> >    Only really odd example is how iMovie will barf on the same video if it is
> >read straight off the camera rather than exported through iMovie directly.
> >
> >    Sure, if you are geeky you can dinker around with Perian and other things
> >for awhile. I didn't realize how much I had gotten spoiled by apt-get until
> >I tried getting all of my videos playing in quicktime and Front Row.
> You seem to be confusing problems with file type/player
> compatibility vs DRM. Nothing you'd described is a DRM issue.

   I didn't say it was.

> There's a big difference between crippling stuff with DRM and just
> not including support for all formats.
> However, I would agree, Apple do like DRM (even if they **claimed**
> 'the bad boys made us do it' with iTunes and music). The difference
> is that not a lot of people have actually noticed.
> iTunes and iPods are carefully designed to be incompatible with 3rd
> party stuff - enforced by DRM and proprietary interfaces. The

   ...and other oddball formats they might not consider supporting by
default. This creates barriers for end users that are just as effective
as DRM if the end users happen to be not terribly technical. 

   DRM is complementary to Apple's approach to applications and data.


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