August 5, 2004 | By Fred von Lohmann

FCC Permits Innovation...This Time

Following up on our earlier report, looks like the FCC sided with TiVo over Hollywood. With respect to this news, Ernie Miller said it best, aided by the magic of sarcasm:

As has been widely noted, yesterday, the FCC blessed 13 technologies as compliant with the broadcast flag. Including, TiVo to Go. Oh, heavenly joy! Oh, fortunate day! Our wonderful technological masters, those geniuses of centralized planning, have deigned to bestow on the public the ability to move video files between 10 separate devices with the use of a registered dongle. What visionaries! What prophets, who can see what is appropriate use of technology and what is not!

If you really want all that innovation can deliver for digital TV, instead of only what the FCC will permit, you have 11 months left to build your own HDTV PVR. Don't say we didn't tell you.


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