Say no to TiVo

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  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

    May 7, 2004
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    Posted Oct 9, 2005 PT TiVo upgrade concerns fans

    The latest TiVo software has the ability to allow broadcasters to delete material recorded by users after a certain date. A TiVo spokesman called the deletions a "glitch" and said only a handful of customers were affected.

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    • Many fans of digital video recorders made by TiVo Inc. are beginning to fear that Hollywood studios will one day reach into their set-top boxes to restrict the way they record and store movies and programs.
    • Among the functions included in TiVo's latest software upgrade is the ability to allow broadcasters to erase material recorded by TiVo's 3.6 million users after a certain date.
    • That ability was demonstrated recently when some TiVo customers complained on TiVo community sites that episodes of "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" they recorded were "red-flagged" for deletion by the copyright holder.
    • Some users also were upset that they were prevented from transferring these red-flagged shows to a PC via the TiVoToGo service.
    • Elliot Sloan, a TiVo spokesman, called the red-flag incident a "glitch" and said it affected only a handful of customers.
    • Since TiVo introduced its DVR in the late 1990s, customers have enjoyed the ability to record anything they want, and store it indefinitely.
    • But last year, TiVo quietly disclosed that it would employ copyright-protection software from Macrovision Corp. for pay-per-view and video-on-demand programs.
    • According to a post on TiVo's Web site, the software allows broadcasters to restrict how long a DVR can save certain recordings or in some cases prevent someone from recording altogether.
    • Matt Haughey, creator of, the Web site where the complaints first appeared, said some fans are overreacting about the red-flag incident.
    • TiVo is among many platforms that could be transformed by the entertainment industry's demands for tighter copyright controls.
    • Broadcasters have also tried to force electronics manufacturers to insert a technology known as the broadcast flag into new televisions to prevent programs from being copied or disseminated on the Internet.
  2. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

    Mar 30, 2002
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    I have DVR witch is very simular to TIVO. Love it, set it too record my shows when I'm not home, or watching something else.
  3. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Jul 17, 2004
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    My new computer has the Media software and I love it. I don't miss a thing anymore because I can record it and take it with me.

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