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November 19, 2003

Get 'Em While They're Legal

Posted by Ernest Miller

Thank goodness! The TiVo-addict friendly PVRBlog reports that HDTV-capable TiVos will be available for sale the first quarter of 2004 (HDTV-recording TiVo). See a picture of the device here: TiVo HD DVR. What this means, of course, is that such devices will be available without broadcast flag implementation, at least until July 2005, as many of the commentators on PVRBlog note.

Interestingly, PVRBlog is selling a home-modified TiVo (extra capacity, wireless connectivity) on eBay (Upgraded Series 2 188hr TiVo, HMO & wireless). Pretty good price right now, too. Unfortunately, under the current regime we won't be seeing too many home-modified devices after July 2005.

via Gizmodo

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1. patentbuster@msn.com on November 20, 2003 12:14 PM writes...

won't do much good. Tivo requires a subscription and frequent software updates. As soon as the deadline passes, boom, broadcast flag compliant. As for me, I'll keep by pre-repeal of 17 usc 107, pre-DRM, and pre-macrovision Sony (v. Universal) VCR as long as it lasts.

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2. Ernest Miller on November 20, 2003 12:22 PM writes...

Very good point. I wonder if TiVo will provide a non-update version of their service so that people won't have to upgrade to broadcast flag compliance after July 2005.

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