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September 13, 2005

Tivo and the Red Flag

This is disappointing news from PVRBlog if accurate. In the current release of the OS, Tivo will "redflag" certain shows from being transfered via Tivo2Go and will automatically delete after seven days. From the email of one Tivo subscriber, Tivo was "redflagging" reruns of the Simpsons.

If a rerun of the Simpsons is being "redflagged", I'm not sure what content won't be "redflagged". In my area, the Simpsons is shown at least three times a day on a couple different channels. If a show is in syndication, the copyright holders want to make sure it retains it's shelf life. If it's an original broadcast, copyright holders will want to protect its asset so it can make money in syndication. Besides the weather channel, I'm not sure who won't make use of this feature.

Given the amount of time I devote to TV, I watch the majority of my shows at least 7 days after they were broadcast. While likely not the average viewer, I tend to go on a television bender for a certain series that has been built up on my Tivo, and watch several episodes at a time. If this "redflagging" becomes ubiquitous, there's not much reason for me to have a Tivo.

I'll see how this feature plays out, but just in case, it's time to bone up on the latest news of Do-It-Yourself DVR at Build Your Own PVR.com

UPDATE: It looks like this was a problem with the broadcaster accidently sending a red flag for the show so it's still unclear how often this functionality will be used in the future. From the sound of it, it's up to the broadcaster rather than Tivo now that they've add this functionality to their product.

UPDATE 2: As Megazone points out in his comment below, Tivo may not be the only vendor implementing this technology.

Posted on September 13, 2005 | Comments (1)

September 09, 2005

What's on your hard drive?

I found this study mentioned on eHomeUpgrade very interesting. A recent study suggested the average American had an average of $1,135 of content stored on electronically, but younger adults aged 18 to 24 have $2,199 of content.

Also in the findings:


  • More than half of those surveyed (56%) stated that they felt all the photos, music, movies and video games they have stored is somewhat important, valuable or priceless.

  • Nearly one in five said their digital content was "priceless."

With content ever increasing with cheaper hard drives, I think the options for backing things up is woefully inadequate. Backing things up to DVD-R, probably the cheapest consumer option, would take a long time to backup 500GB of data, and give you carpal tunnel syndrome in the process as you swap out over a hundred DVD-Rs. 500GB of data sounds like a lot, but with MP3 collections, digital photos, and digital video home movies, those hard drives fill up fast.

Posted on September 09, 2005 | Comments (1)