Your Own PVR, Then Trash It (Wired)
| Wired News has an article out about content
protection with Do It Yourself PC PVRs.
I have been saying for a long time (Here
is that those who don’t get on board with content protection are going to lose
My favorite part of the article “Even Mike Machado, the CEO of SageTV,
admits his company's software, which currently records television into the
unlocked MPEG2 format, will have to make concessions to get access to encrypted
shows that other PVR companies are going to have to get with
this if they want to be able to provide their users with anything other than
what they have now (OTA HD, QAM, SD).
Other great quotes are “…the only
option for a future-proof PVR is to use something like TiVo, Windows Media
Center or a cable company-provided recorder…” and “…there's always a chance that if enough people build their own media
masters and refuse to play the DRM game, mounting political and market pressure
will prevent cable companies, online music retailers and movie studios from
treating everyone like criminals.”
The latter quote isn’t going to happen, sorry but it’s unrealistic in my
mind that such as event will impact the market enough to matter.