[Dnsmasq-discuss] GPL v3

AJ Weber aweber at comcast.net
Fri Sep 14 18:59:30 BST 2007

I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but I think actually it was ReplayTV -- TiVo's rival in the early years -- who had touted the "Commercial Skip" feature.  Go ahead and try and find one of their products now!  (Which may support your theory further...) ;)

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jima 
  To: richardvoigt at gmail.com 
  Cc: dnsmasq discussion list 
  Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 11:34 AM
  Subject: Re: [Dnsmasq-discuss] GPL v3

  On Fri, 14 Sep 2007, richardvoigt at gmail.com wrote:
  >> It's regrettable that TiVo has been characterised as the bad guy in all
  >> this. They're in a position of wanting to do the right thing, but not having
  >> the option, because of constraints dictated by the broadcasters (in no small
  >> part being dictated by the content owners in turn).
  > I'd like to agree with you, but I'm confused how TiVo is bound by these
  > dictates, but the several fully open-source DVRs aren't.  There's still
  > something missing from this puzzle.
  > Perhaps it isn't "not having the option", but giving up substantial
  > co-marketing funds, which their management may consider to be equivalent.

    Moreover, I think it's the fact that no one (or at least no major 
  companies, at least that I've seen) is going out and marketing the 
  open-source DVR solutions.  If any come up that don't jive well with the 
  media companies' way of doing things, they'll likely do everything in 
  their power to fight that product, to marginalize its use or capabilities. 
  I suspect TiVo saw that response to their (IIRC) first-gen "commercial 
  skip" feature, and realized they had to play nice or their product would 
  find itself being useless real quickly.
    Just a theory...


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