Thursday, March 03, 2005

Beat the FCC Flag

The Electronic Frontier Foundation just published its “HD PVR Cookbook” online to educate consumers on how to build their own HD personal video recorder that’s impervious to the FCC’s broadcast flag technology mandate.

The step-by-step guide is intended to prevent rules which go into effect July 1 2005 from interfering with “making perfectly legitimate personal copies of broadcasts,” according to an EFF press statement.

The group is encouraging consumers to hold “Build-ins” where people can gather to build their own broadcast-flag resistant PVRs.

This is another example of broadcast media shooting itself in the foot. With the dropping numbers of people watching TV, they need all the help they can get in keeping viewer numbers up.

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