New ReplayTV Strips Controversial Features
from the no-big-surprise dept
In an effort to avoid having to deal with continuing lawsuits, the new owners of ReplayTV, D&M Holdings have announced that the latest version of the product will remove both the “commercial skip” feature, as well as the “send show” feature that let you send a copy of what you recorded to another Replay box over the internet. This isn’t really surprising, since both of those features were what the lawsuit against Sonciblue focused on. However, it is a bit unfortunate. It would be difficult to prove that these features are actually illegal (many VCRs currently include “commercial skip”). Also, it wasn’t so long ago that Sonicblue had decided to use the commercial skip feature to differentiate themselves, since no one else would add it while the lawsuit was still running. Anyway, this just leaves more room for hobbyists to build their own DVRs that don’t have Hollywood-induced restrictions and lets them do what they actually want to do.