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Vista totally controls your content!

Posted by todd at 1:07 PM on November 29, 2006

A revelation at a recent Electronics House Expo is making my blood boil. Apparently Microsoft has decided to once again to kick consumers to the curb in restricting your ability to use and distribute content you are paying for.

This issues revolves around the ability of being able to use a CableCard with Vista for those of you that were looking forward to pushing recorded TV content to other PC’s within your homes will not be able to. In an even more shocking development even though Microsoft bowed to the cable industry on this and threw consumers under a bus. They were able to make provisions to be able to send recorded data to a Xbox 360.

It is rumored that those devices that are aka certified as media extenders by Microsoft will be able to be granted download rights as the Xbox 360 does but for now if you want to push videos to other computers in your home you will be restricted from doing this.

This also means pushing that recorded content to a portable media player will be restricted as well. There is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft and all the other big players are so deep in the media industries pockets that consumer rights will continue to be eroded to the point where we will have to ask permission someday to turn a TV on.

With the restrictions CableLabs has placed on vendors, and the cable companies demanding control not to mention how the DMCA has been abused to the loss of consumers it’s surprising that anything even works. [ArsTechnica]

4 Comments

  1. From ainanet at 5:43 pm on November 29, 2006

    Time to move to Linux the only true open system!! Now if we could only get some of those key apps ported….

    ET

  2. From DanH63 at 11:11 am on November 30, 2006

    Actually, I’ve been using a couple of FreeBSD Unix servers to serve content out to the Windows and Linux machines on my network for years. I’ll just keep doing it that way for file based stuff (AVI’s MPGs, etc). I rarely watch anything “live”, or directly off the air or wire anymore.

    I have to admit, this stuff isn’t trivial to set up if you don’t already know about such things, so a lot of people are stuck with whatever screwed-up model(s) microsoft and the media cartels come up with. That is unfortunate.

  3. From Brian at 12:05 pm on November 30, 2006

    Alright this does it, MS can keep their Vista crap for all I care, I am going to stay with XP for as long as possible, I dont need any of their support I never has so they can keep Vista and I hapely stay on XP.

    If more people would do this I am sure they get the message, dont get Vista when it comes out, just plain ignore it.

  4. From Brian at 12:05 pm on November 30, 2006

    Alright this does it, MS can keep their Vista crap for all I care, I am going to stay with XP for as long as possible, I dont need any of their support I never has so they can keep Vista and I hapely stay on XP.

    If more people would do this I am sure they get the message, dont get Vista when it comes out, just plain ignore it.