Archive | August, 2005

Speculation on Windows Vista, DRM, CableCARD & 3rd Party DVR

Posted on 26 August 2005 by sam

You probably already know that DRM is a dirty word in these parts… you probably also know that I’m dying for a legitimate way to record HDTV via cable without using the cable company’s DVR i.e. the mythtical cableCARD PC device. I’m not sure that i’d trade DRM up the wazoo to get it, however…

It is rumoured that with Windows Vista (nod to Ed Bot) there’ll be sufficient DRM and content “security” to appease the content providers enough that maybe there’ll be CableCARD support in Windows Vista MCE.

A few prominent bloggers are wondering what Windows Vista means to 3rd party PVR software including the always insightful to read Chris Lanier MSMVPPC PVR Needs Vista and PVP-OPM! and Your Company is NOT Ruined, SnapStream in response to a rightfully skeptical SnapStream devblog entry

Now there’s no reason to panic or schedule an EFF rally or the like yet, even though i’m not sure I trust the big players in all of this to have the consumers best interest in mind here. There’s a gradual closing of the analog loophole endgame afoot, and eventually digital content will be handcuffed to HDCP approved devices that only DMCA violating daredevils will attempt to supercede. Can I trademark HDCP-X-copy now to beat the rush?

Between intel’s trusted computing platform, HDCP, PVP-OPM and the like it doesn’t look to promising for fair use (or competition!) in general.

BYOPVR Football Pool ( Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150 prize )

Posted on 16 August 2005 by

At our sister site RandomDrivel we’ve been doing the CBS sportsline NFL football pool for fun each season. This year I thought it would be fun to add the DIY PVR folks to the roster and add a cool prize for the overall standings winner at the end of the season!

randomdrivel2.football.sportsline.com Please note: You’ll need to sign up for a CBS sportsline ID first and know the football pool password which is randomdrivel2

It’s a simple pick the winning teams each week with a Monday Night Football total score tie breaker. You don’t have to know anything about football to play, in fact sometimes I think it helps! I plan on using the Balki Bartokomous method of choosing winnning teams.

The overall winner of the season long pool is going to get a
Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 “retail” edition TV tuner/encoder card.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the pool, but you must be in the continental USA to receive the top prize.