[mythtv-users] FCC proposal

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Feb 10 21:32:31 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 07:59:32PM +0000, Gary Buhrmaster wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 19:43, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
> > .... So either HBO only
> > put that requirement in some of their contracts, or Comcast has made
> > the decision on their own to make it Copy Once.
> Or, just for completeness of the possibilities, it is

    So HBO is bothering with contract terms of this kind yet
completely ignoring the very visible level of chaos that exists
in terms of DRM flag enforcement?

    It't a total crap shoot. You could end up with your CC tuner
being able to view anything or nothing or anything in between. It
can be as useful on Linux as it is on MCE or a total doorstop.

    A little genuine consumer advocacy at the FCC could eliminate 
the chaos and not leave it in the hands of HBO or the local cable 

> possible that WOW is not meeting their contractual
> terms (a cableco not doing the right things?  Say it ain't so, Ron....)
> For WOW and HBO I doubt any of us have access to
> the contracts, so it is all just conjecture on all our
> parts.  Same for the Comcast/HBO case.  It has been
> *asserted* by many in the past that it is a contractual
> obligation, but I have never seen the contracts.  Should
> I need to point out that HBO is a division of TW, the same
> parent company of a cableco with one of the most
> restrictive copy flag policies in the US?
> And I certainly acknowledge that I was using it as an
> straw man, not a definitive example (as you agreed
> to understand as a principal).
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