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    Tell the FCC to Say "No" to the Cable Kill Switch | Public Knowledge

    If the MPAA has its way, and if none of us speak up about it, they will... then you will no longer be in control of your viewing equipment.

    To sum it up... the MPAA wants to be able to selectively control which outputs on your home theater equipment (cable box, tv, vcr, tivo, etc) are active on a program by program basis. So if they broadcast a movie and don't want anyone to be able to record it, they simply send along an extra signal with the program that disables the outputs on the devices.

    Currently the FCC bans this sort of thing as a consumer protection. Home recordings of all broadcast material are perfectly legal... but the MPAA has been petitioning repeatedly to be allowed to change this. If they do, then you will be required to buy all new equipment that has this feature or you won't even be able to get the signals. So it's bad for consumers right there. A huge out of pockect expense in a time of not so great economy. It also stifles innovation. The MPAA (and the RIAA for that matter) over the past few years have resisted the changing music and movie markets with a violent passion. They claim that they are merely protecting their copyrighted material, but really they are resisting a change in business models. Many TV studios have jumped on board the changing world and offer their content online and as downloads, but the movie and music industry are trying desperately to hold onto the old model, because in the new model, they are obsolete. When artists can put their music to the world on their own through the internet, they don't need big labels. Same with movies (though to a lesser degree). So they resist and fight to keep things the old way. It's bad for everyone but the executives at the big label and studio companies.

    If you enjoy your entertainment, let the FCC know how you feel.

    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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    Re: Do you like your TV/Home Theater being YOURS?

    WTF? That is such BS. The cable company provides DVRs and stores sell TiVos for a reason. Sheesh!

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      ^Yeah, this is total BS and their reasons are pathetic. It's yet another attempt to control what you watch, where and when you watch it and force you to BUY it because they are physically blocking you from recording it. Write the FCC, write congress even. They do what their constituents ask them to for the most part. Spread the word!

      Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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        Re: Do you like your TV/Home Theater being YOURS?

        The MPAA should be focusing on technology for movie theaters that makes it impossible to record the movie screen in a theater. This would go along way to preventing piracy and illegal copies of films.
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