[FoRK] I wouldn't have bet on this... TiVO gets nod.
jbone at place.org
Wed Aug 4 13:47:41 PDT 2004
Despite all evidence to the contrary, it appears that on rare occasion
the FCC can get something right*:
* well, "right" if you consider that TiVo's already bent over and
spread 'em for the content lobby to a disgusting degree... still, I
wouldn't have bet on this outcome. Better'n nuthin.
TiVo gets nod to share digital shows
Company's technology that permits users to send shows over the Internet
receives FCC approval.
August 4, 2004: 1:21 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - TiVo Inc., maker of popular digital television
recording devices, Wednesday received approval for technology that
would permit users to send copies of digital broadcast shows over the
The Federal Communications Commission voted to certify digital
protections on TiVoToGo, which is not yet available but would enable a
user to record and send a digital broadcast television show to up to
nine other registered people who have a key allowing them to see it.
The approval came despite concerns by the Motion Picture Association of
America and the National Football League about the risks of unfettered
distribution of copyrighted shows and illegally airing sports games
outside of authorized markets.
The FCC last year adopted rules to limit distribution of digital,
over-the-air television programs over the Internet in an effort to
prevent mass illegal copying and sharing, a problem plaguing the music
Most current television shows are shown in an analog format and can
lose some quality when recorded. But recorded digital programs do not
suffer from that problem, leading to industry concerns about unfettered
mass redistribution on the Internet.
The FCC last November required companies to develop measures to prevent
consumers from indiscriminately distributing the higher quality digital
television shows over the Web.
In addition to approving TiVo's application, the FCC certified 11 other
technologies proposed, including ones by software giant Microsoft,
(MSFT: up $0.02 to $28.09, Research, Estimates) Sony Corp., and
RealNetworks Inc. (RNWK: Research, Estimates) for protecting
distribution of digital television broadcasts.
The agency said it did not adopt limits on where the content could be
sent because the proposed technologies "employ different combinations
of device limits, interactive authentication and affinity-based
mechanisms to restrict distribution."
TiVo plans to launch a version of TiVoToGo this fall that would allow
users to transfer recorded shows to a home computer but has not said
when it would launch its version that would allow shows to be shared
outside the home.
TiVo (TIVO: up $0.10 to $5.21, Research, Estimates) shares jumped on
the news as much as 11 percent and at midday on Nasdaq it was trading
up 15 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $5.26. Top of page
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