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As the dreaded digital broadcast flag July enforcement date draws closer, the FCC will be challenged this week with arguments before the District of Columbia for the US Court of...
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Now we'll see how crooked American courts really are. They will either restore faith in a system rife with payola behind the scenes that there are still some things that cannot be bought or they will send a clear message that they're whores to the highest bidders in the entertainment industry. It's gonna be interesting...
wait wait wait your telling me these broadcasters and producers of tv shows would rather stay with analog content then move to digital because of piracy worry's??? That makes NO SENSE. Everyone and there grandma can cap analog signals from tv right now. So why don't they freakin switch it's not as easy capping digital stream then it is to cap analog. Also why not put in a descent amount of revenue into the digital cause and when you have a good stake push the factor encryption. The later you are in starting the change the faster someone will take you out of buisness because they wern't scared pansies
I suppose the reason is that with digital stream you can make higher-quality copy, much like with DTV in Japan which is almost DVD-like. But, yes, you're absolutely right, it's stupid.
Japan seems to do things properly- proper digital TV at extreme qualities and sickeningly fast broadband for a good price
It is a matter of East Vs West; the Eastern way of thinking is to work out how much a product costs you to produce and add a reasonable profit margin. The Western or M$ approach is to charge as much as you think the market will bear and if they won't bear it beat them till they do!, all the time winging and whining about how much money you are losing selling at such high prices! And don't ever update or improve your product (remembering that if has bugs in it to charge for the updates that fix the faulty product) until you have rung the last dollar out of the consumer! No wonder the Eastern economies are booming!
What exactly does this have to do with MS? That business model (Capitalism) was around long before MS.
DonL's points have little to do with pure capitalism itself; rather it is a variant of the common rant concerning computer-tech companies in the USA selling products with accurate representation of what the product is and does; the video games industry for PCs is a fine example of the underhanded methods that those companies use. Customers have, in many instances, become little more than a large pool of beta-testers for badly coded games requiring obscenely large updates/patches.