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.”