Public Knowledge leading a lawsuit to fight the Broadcast Flag

With the deadline for the mandatory compliance with the broadcast flag looming, Public Knowledge is filing a lawsuit fighting the flag. Here are a couple bullet points from their court challenge:

The flag’s proponents portray it as a narrow mandate that will only prohibit illegal distribution of digital television content, but in fact it will do much more:

  1. the flag will impose significant strictures and constraints on the design of consumer-electronics and computer products — limitations that will diminish interoperability between new products and old ones, and that even pose interoperability problems among new devices; and

  2. the flag will limit what users can do with broadcast television content to a significantly greater degree than they are limited now.

From: Engadget

The Future of Television?

Andrew Turner on High Earth Orbit has written a nice essay on the future of television. Here is an excerpt:

In the end, this sharing is happening, and based on how effective the MPAA, RIAA, and other entities have been in fighting this sharing, I doubt it will go away anytime soon. Therefore, I believe the video industry has an excellent chance to embrace these technologies to broaden their market reach and customer interest.

I wholeheartedly agree with his perspective. I remain, unfortunately, pessimistic. I think it’s somewhat idealistic to think that the industry will embrace the new technologies.
From High Earth Orbit

Interesting black box approach to DivX HD Playback: G-Tech’s G-Play

G-Tech is going to release a line of ‘Black Box’ media players called G-Play. I took a look at the site, and it looks like a nice alternative to network media players. Imagine, you don’t have a network, but you want to be able to play your HD content wherever you are. Just sync this thing up with your Video files captured on your PC, disconnect, and hook it up to your TV through it’s Component adapter. Bang.. High Definition playback.

From: Engadget

MythTV … a non-mythical solution

Shelly Palmer, Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has blogged about the NYT article on MythTV. It is a very well written commentary on why the Television Industry needs to change in order to survive, or more importantly, prosper.

My opition is that technology is an enabler, and it is allowing the network executives and the industry at-large to get a free glimpse at the future of television. They can either be a part of it, or fight it (read: RIAA). Unfortunately, the trend is to treat customers like criminals.

A great quote from the blog:

So, the problem really isn’t the technology. The problem is that the TV industry has been enjoying a technological monopoly for so long that it has forgotten how to serve its customers.