US Switches To Digital TV And The World Doesn't End -- Nor Does Hollywood

from the phew dept

We were quite surprised to find no further calls for delays on the switchover to digital over the air TV from analog -- but we're not at all surprised to find out that the actual switchover happened with relatively few problems. Sure there are some people who are confused or who are having difficulty getting their new converter boxes working properly, but there's been no catastrophic failure or problems, and most of the issues seem to have been resolved pretty quickly. Perhaps the gov't really did need a few extra months, but my guess is that the same thing likely would have happened back in February... or if we had done the switchover years ago. So, now can we put the old spectrum to good use, finally?

Separately, the EFF is noting that (once again) it appears that Hollywood lied and exaggerated its claim that it needed a broadcast flag that would stop DVR copying of digital TV or it would start pulling content off the air. Funny thing... that didn't happen. As the EFF notes:
Entertainment industries like to argue that they "need" DRM to make works available. And policymakers have eagerly adopted this argument. But when the bluff is called, it turns out that the DRM wasn't so necessary after all.
So will our politicians recognize this? Or will they continue to believe Hollywood, everytime it insists it needs some new kind of DRM with legal backing from the gov't?
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  1. identicon
    Jay, 15 Jun 2009 @ 9:01am

    Re: Economic Crisis and Payment

    People will pay the rate they feel is adequate. If the networks have any say they will get advertisements and have people pay for the material as well. The double charge is something the consumers need to stop and draw a line in the sand on right now. Online options are bringing back new/ old choices and these same arguments have been around for years.

    People have been getting scammed for years by the entertainment industry. Cable was originally setup to be a no advertisement set of channels. Somehow the entertainment industry and cable industry thought they could get away with double charging for the channel and through use of advertisement content. I don't view downloading as a problem since most of these people are paying for cable service already and content shifting such as DVR services are permissible by law. There is nothing wrong for people to chose they way the want to see what they are already paying for...you have been duped by these companies to think otherwise.

    Cutting back on shows is completely a network choice. I view it as a mistake to show Leno every night. NBC will lose viewers in droves to any reasonably decent show in that timeslot. When NBC starts losing even more market share to other networks they will need to produce quality content again. Right now they are just seeing what they can get away with, but I doubt the experiment will last more than next year. Should be interesting to see the failure in action...

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