|reply to djrobx |
Re: Clever - fight the copyright infringers using
Yes, but they are working to make what you are doing illegal. By definition, Tivo/etc aren't supposed to record PPV, On Demand, etc. The corporate overlords have decreed that you will only watch the show on their terms. The concept of 'Tv your way' is illegal in their minds.
Remember, the correct way to watch tv is as follows.
#1: Pay the 20.00 base fee for 15 or so channels.
#2: Pay an additional 45.00 for a package to get the 2 channels you care about.
#3: If you want HDTV, pay an additional 10.00 + 5.00 per box
#4: Ok, you've paid for the basics, and the right to watch TV, now it's time to rape you for some more money. We'll start by saying 'It's illegal to record PPV shows'. Tivo has bent over and agreed with them, and the cable cards (which 'should' work in a PC, but don't) also don't let you get PPV. So you need to pay the 5.00 to watch on demand.
But wait, you paid for HBO? Why should you pay 5.00 for the On Demand Version? Ahh, but of course, you could have recorded it with the comcast HDTV recorder. It will store it up to 3 days after the original show date. So you have 3 days to watch it.
#5: Hmm.. We want to rip you off some more. Well, you're not allowed to transfer the show you legally recorded from On Demand, or even from HBO to a DVD. Remember, if you want to watch it a week after it's aired, you'll need to pay for the On Demand again. If you want to record the entire season for your archives, you're out of luck. You'll need to pay an additional 100.00 for the DVD set when it's released.
#6: Wait, we can screw you some more. Lets add a broadcast flag, and prevent you from recording even over the air shows, NFL shows, or any pay show (i.e. Sunday ticket, showtime, Discovery channel, etc). I mean, if you really want to watch it, you could use On Demand, and pay us 5.00 per viewing.
#7: Ouch. You still have some cash left. Lets see how we can screw you some more. Ahh, well, we can't take YOUR cash anymore, but we can take more advertisers cash. We'll just make it so you can't skip commercials anymore! I mean, Disney raped the DVD format, by adding in unskippable ads to the beginning of their DVD's, why can't the MPAA do the same for everything? It's MORE MONEY for them!
#8: Ok, so, we've screwed you pretty much every way we can think of so far, but don't worry, we have new idea's on the horizon. Those nasty open source people are making devices that let you record what you want, when you want it, and remove all the commercials. We the MPAA need to buy some more politicians to stop it. We'll need to think long term, since the political expense to try and stop open-source is too high. Ahh, wait, We can say that terrorist are using it! The perfect problem, cause everyone hates terrorists. And the solution to stop the terrorist is the TPM (trusted chip). We'll get microsoft to make it so that nothing works without the chip! Then, we can make the patriot act III declare that any computer in the US that does not have a TPM based chip is illegal, cause only terrorist would bypass the TPM. That will let us release our content on computer format, at outrageous prices, and we can rape you one more time!
#9: Damn, not making enough money yet says the MPAA. Looks like we'll need to tie your viewing into a database, and cross reference which ads you've watched. If you haven't purchased enough of the items from your corporate masters, based on the ads we showed you, we will automatically bill you to make up for the shortfall. After all, only terrorists don't support the US economy.
#10: Running out of ideas on how to get more money? Not yet, the MPAA has a new plan. If you have 5 people in your house, you need to pay 5 times. After all, nothing is free, and if only one person pays, yet 5 people watch the show, you have been ripping off the hard working MPAA members, and those 4 people need to be punished. We'll charge them automatically. It's the only fair way.
#11: Looks like you've finally run out of money, but don't worry, there's an easy fix. Remember, you don't actually BUY anything in the entire scenario. You just rent it. We'll shorten the time frame for everything, and bill you again! I mean, if you heard the song on the radio, you need to pay again. If you watch the DVD you purchased more than once, you are depriving the director and the sound stage workers their rightful hard earned money. You exist to service the corporations, not the other way around..
Welcome to America 2015, courtesy of G. Dubyah and the Patriot Act 3, as well as the supporting staff of our fascist corporate overlords.