Disney offers next-day iTunes downloads of TV shows

Disney offers next-day iTunes downloads of TV shows: “Opening the door to a new revenue stream for television content, the Walt Disney Co. said on Wednesday it will begin offering next-day digital downloads of its biggest ABC prime time hits for $1.99 per episode.”

$1.99 per episode?!?!? Bwahahahaha! Just how much do they think this crap is worth? That’s as ridiculous as $.99 per song for music. My price point? $.05/song $0.15/hour of TV. And it damn well better be High-Def!

Rent My DVR

This site just came on line recently. It’s a completely fascinating concept, and I’m wondering just how legal it is.

Rent My DVR: “Now you don’t have to remember to program your DVR or VHS to record you favorite TV show. With the Rent My DVR site you can simple hire someone that will do the recording for you.

Simply file a request on our site to have someone record for you and as soon as a new episode of your favorite show has been broadcasted, it is downloaded automatically to your computer and you can watch it whenever you want.”

Their FAQ addresses the issue of legality by saying:

Q. What does the TV networks have to say?

A. According to fox networks it is OK to ask a friend or co-worker to tape video shows for you. We at www.rentmydvr.com are all friends.

They will not store old episodes of shows and re-distribute them, instead they state that you can only ask somebody to record a future showing. The lawyers are going to have fun with this one.

New 3-tuner HD backend system finally up

I’ve finally finished putting together my new backend system. I went slightly over my $1,000 budget, but was pretty close.

  • Three HD-3000 tuners
  • 960 Gbytes of disk space
  • FC4
  • MythTV (18.1)

After getting through some initial issues with my hardware, everything has been working flawlessly. I was able to keep the cost down by going with a *CHEAP* video card (it’s just a backend afterall), slower processer, less memory, etc… And the installation time was fast because I didn’t have to configure all of the frontend stuff (lirc, alsa, xorg.conf modelines, etc…)

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