TV Executives could care less about Consumers

Edward Felton (Freedom to Tinker) has a blog entry about what the Television Network executives have to say about the Broadcast Flag, and how it can negatively impact device compatibility. To sum it up, Rick Lane, vice president of government affairs at News Corp. said: “Compatibility is not a goal”. His comment was seconded by NBC Universal’s Senior Counsel for Government Relations Alec French. From Ed Feltons blog:

“The FCC and Congress had better be careful in handling the digital TV issue, or they’ll be blamed for breaking the U.S. television system. Mandating incompatibility, via the Broadcast Flag, will not be a popular policy, especially at a time when Congress is talking about shutting off analog TV broadcasts.

The most dangerous place in Washington is between Americans and their televisions.”

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More reading on the topic:Engadget | Techdirt

Brad Ideas: We strike down the broadcast flag!

Happy Happy day! As Brad Templeton writes:

Brad Ideas: We strike down the broadcast flag!: “On both a personal and professional note, I am happy to report that the federal courts have unanimously ruled to strike down the FCC’s broadcast flag (that’s a PDF) due to our lawsuit against them.

This is huge. I’m not quite sure that it’s over yet. I’m inclined to think that there will be appeals, but at this point, things are looking up.

Congratulations, and thanks go to Brad Templeton and Wendy Seltzer (and all the other folks at the EFF who worked their tails off for this result).

Link:Brad Ideas