TiVo Hijacking British TVs
from the oops dept
TiVo is apparently still experimenting with new business models to keep the broadcast industry from suing them out of business. The latest experiment in the UK is secretly forcing TiVo devices to record some sitcom, and then forcing that show to remain on the device for at least a week. It is a creative attempt at doing something different, but any "unauthorized" use of a device that someone has bought is likely to piss people off - and pissing people off is never a good business idea. TiVo claims it's not a big deal since it used special disk space that doesn't eat into the regular disk space - and only recorded the show if nothing else was being recorded (so it wouldn't interfere). They have a point that it did nothing bad specifically - but it did make use of a box that people thought they owned. Amusingly, the experiment didn't even work properly as the BBC (which broadcast the sitcom) started the show late, and the TiVos cut off the end of the program.