[mythtv-users] Best way to integrate a Netflix feed into Myth ?

Jay Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Mon Aug 22 18:16:16 UTC 2011

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Raymond Wagner" <raymond at wagnerrp.com>

> Because that's not what MythTV does. MythTV is not a "virtual cable",
> MythTV is a DVR. Everything MythTV touches, it records to disk,
> including any "livetv" sessions from a capture device attached to a
> bluray player. Intentions aside, that recording is in violation of the
> terms of use for Netflix.

In fact, I think the case would be cloudier than that: the law (finally)
recognizes that these days, some devices need to make incidental local 
copies of, say, a stream being received over the internet, *in order to
play them*, and these incidental copies are not construed as violating

Exactly how strict those definitions are, I'm not certain.

But I don't think this is a brightline point anymore.

In any event, his inquiry could *also* be legally interpreted as "what
sort of player could I integrate with the Front Ends I already have connected
to TVs, so that I can play my rented NetFlix movies on one of those pieces 
of hardware at a time".

Go back and read Sony v Universal and the 9th circuit decision that it 
reversed: *both* agree that if there is a legitimate use, then no
contributory infringement can attach.

-- jra
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