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FCC Broadcast Flag Court Battle

Posted on 23 February 2005 by

Oral arguments in the case against the FCC Broadcast Flag were heard earlier this week, and in surprisingly rapid fashion a ruling has been handed down.

The US broadcast regulator has been told by appeal judges it has “crossed the line” with an anti-piracy tag which stops programmes being copied.

cnet coverage: Court questions FCC’s broadcast flag rules and slashdot commentary for good measure.

Note: this finding, while vindicating… doesn’t actually overturn the FCC mandate, as I understand it, but i’m not a lawyer… It just finds that the FCC over stepped it’s mandate, and it seems that the FCC’s stance is if they don’t currently have the mandate, they’ll easily get it from congress. =(

Still a lot to shake out, but it is an encouraging sign. I definitely recommend checking out and if you are so inclined donating to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and scoping out their Digital Television Liberation Front Anti-Broadcast Flag page and their DIY HDTV PVR cookbook

Although I side with the slippery slope folks and think the broadcast flag tramples on fair use rights, engadget attempts to Demystifying the Broadcast Flag with a much less reactionary look at the broadcast flag.

TVHarmony post with some more coverage of the broadcast flag case

Hauppauge Debuts Portable MediaMVP PVP Media Player

Posted on 07 January 2005 by

Hauppauge Debuts Portable MediaMVP(R) Media Player Featuring 7-Inch Screen (press release via prnewswire)

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  • 7 inch Widescreen format at 854 x 640 resolution
  • 20GB Hard disk
  • Price $699.00
  • Supports USB 2.0
  • Rechargable battery and 12v support
  • stereo ear buds included
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Cringely Talks Hauppauge MediaMVP & Linux Device Hacking

Posted on 04 June 2004 by sam

I, Cringely column discussing MediaMVP Hacking etc… The article is mostly about linux and embedded device hacking (the good kind) to expand functionality/use of a consumer product.

Of course I’d be remiss if i didn’t point out 2n’s Review of the Hauppauge MediaMVP. I’m eagerly awaiting an update as 2n’s done some cools stuff with GB-PVR in conjunction with the Media MVP and a WinTV PVR 250. I believe you can find a lot of info on doing cool stuff with a MediaMVP (and pvr250/350’s for that matter) from SHS’s Unofficial MediaMVP WinPVR 250/350 site/resource (check it out, it’s a cool site).

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BBC pilots TV on Demand over Internet

Posted on 03 May 2004 by

BBC introduces flexible TV with online trial via Slashdot


“Later this month, the BBC will launch a pilot project that could lead to all television programmes being made available on the internet. Viewers will be able to scan an online guide and download any show. Programmes would be viewed on a computer screen or could be burned to a DVD and watched on a television set. Alternatively, programmes could be downloaded to a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)…”