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FCC seeks public comment on plan to prevent some HDTV recordings

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 9th 2008 4:54PM
MPAAYou know that shiny new personal video recorder you got from TiVo or your cable company? You know, the one that records high definition movies and TV shows in crystal clear quality? Yeah, well the MPAA isn't so thrilled about those high quality recordings that you make from "free" over the air broadcasts.

Sure, you pay by watching (or skipping) the commercials or subscribing to cable/satellite channels. And movie studios get paid a wee bit o' cash every time a deal is struck to broadcast a movie. But the MPAA wants the FCC to allow the use of technology called Selectable Output Control that would block your PVR from recording some HDTV movies.

The MPAA filed a petition with the FCC last month asking for the abillity to prevent users from recording movies that are broadcast before they are released on DVD. The idea is that if you can record a higher than DVD quality video before it's available for purchase, why would you go out and purchase it? So obviously, the solution is to prevent you from using perfectly legal technology to record it. Never mind the fact that the film studios could easily avoid this problem simply by moving up DVD release dates and/or refusing to sell broadcast rights before the DVD release.

The FCC is seeking public comment on the proposal. If you have some thoughts you'd like to share, you can file a comment at the FCC web site. The docket number is 08-82.

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lilkunta

Thx 4 this info.
I just commented. This is what I said:
I pay the MPAA b/c I pay for my cable and satellite service.
If the MPAA doesnt like that we customers are able to record hiDef movies, they need to release movies on hiDef dvd sooner.
Blocking movies from being recorded IS NOT the way to go.

Please dont approve what the MPAA is asking.

Y am I not surprised that the FCC form was so un user friendly? They on purpose DONT want us to tell them how we feel.

June 17 2008 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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