[mythtv-users] CableCard Chain.
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Jul 25 13:32:10 UTC 2012
On 07/25/2012 06:45 AM, Simon Hobson wrote:
> Ben Kamen wrote:
>> It's truly sad that people have forgotten how to vote with their wallet.
> Unfortunately, in many cases it's no longer practical. Back in the
> days when there were many small companies it worked, now each area has
> more or less a monopoly - your cable co can simply turn round and say
> "so which other cable company are you going to ?" knowing that the
> answer is "err, there isn't one".
This is the root of the problem. Too many believe that cable TV (or
even TV itself) is a necessity and fail to realize it's just a luxury.
Yes, it's possible to do without TV--I went without any TV
reception/service at all for many years, a while back, when I couldn't
receive terrestrial broadcasts (analog "class B" reception wasn't
usable--fortunately, digital TV is all or nothing, so I now have
terrestrial reception) and I refused to send money to the cable or
satellite TV industry.
And, FWIW, I currently have only OTA TV. Any cable-only shows that are
worth watching, I buy on DVD, and doing so is significantly cheaper than
paying a cable TV subscription to get a license to view those shows, and
in the end, I actually own DVD media with the shows rather than a
fair-use exemption allowing me to time-shift (not archive forever) some
>> Imagine if everyone cancelled their Cable for just 3 months with the
>> message to their provider at disconnection that, "I'm unhappy how
>> you've been railroading me to pay more for less content and even less
>> choice. Bring back my choice and my content without the fees that
>> goes with DRM everything, and I'll happily sign up."
> But the problem is that the vast majority don't see any problem.
> Talk to msot people and they can't see a problem - there are hundreds
> of fart apps for i<stuff> so why does it matter that it's a closed
> system ?
> Try explaining and you tend to get lumped into one of two crowds. As
> Nick Rout wrote :
>> ... the blame will be squarely laid at the pinko long haired cheating
>> pirates who broke their previous TVs safety features...
> To those doing the screwing over, anyone questioning it must be either
> an extremist against any form of copyright at all (Richard Stallman
> doesn't exactly do much to dispel this image), or a pirate simply out
> to steal. Somehow we need to break down those sterotypes and persuade
> people (especially politicians) that there are people who just want to
> make fair use of what they are paying for.
> **** knows how we do that when we're up against people with vested
> interests and very deep pockets to buy laws with.
Agreed. Convincing people that there's a problem is nearly impossible.
Too many believe it's "just the way it is." A lot of my (well-educated,
believe it or not) friends actually believe I'm stealing TV because I
don't pay for cable or satellite service. They grew up in families that
never had OTA systems, so they think TV is something that comes from the
cable company. When I try to explain that local broadcasters actually
send a signal over the air for anyone who can receive it to watch, they
have no idea what I'm talking about...
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