Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jul 2010 09:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV I'm a couch potato. There, I've said it. I love sitting down and watching sci-fi movies, like any good geek would. And this is an (almost religious) action that hasn't changed for many, many, years. But I feel that we're in for a surprise soon. The way we watch TV and access content is about to change. TV watching will at last arrive into the 21st Century, and the technology giants will be there to duke it out for the reins of this new industry.
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Real situation is more complex
by jonsmirl on Sun 18th Jul 2010 13:14 UTC
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The true problem is encryption. The cable companies have encrypted the signal and won't share the decryption keys. Without these keys you can't build a box that integrates the signal. End of story - without those keys we will have a cable company owned box on every TV forever and integration will never happen.

The FCC is working to force them into sharing the keys. The proposal is called AllVid.

There are links to the comments each side has made on the issue of sharing the keys. It is interesting to read the full position paper instead of just the summaries.

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