TV Network Execs Defend Broadcast Flag In The Name Of Inconvenience

from the control-issues dept

We've long contended that the entertainment industry just doesn't get it when it comes to new technology. But don't take our word for it -- take theirs. Ed Felten recounts an article about a recent panel discussion, in which News Corp. VP Rick Lane actually said, responding to concerns that a broadcast flag would lead to incompatibility among TVs and other digital devices, "Compatibility is not a goal." Translation: "We are so ossified and resistant to change that we'd rather inconvenience, alienate, and anger consumers and stifle technological innovation than give up some control over our content and figure out new ways to grow our business." The industry is so hell bent on keeping content locked up behind proprietary walls that it can't grasp the idea that open and compatible is good for progress (e.g., the internet). Attempts to keep the content and media proprietary are just asking for trouble. As Felten points out, you don't want to put yourself between Americans and their televisions. Amazingly, the most egregious violations of this premise are being made by television networks.

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    TJ, 24 May 2005 @ 7:40pm

    An attention getter finally?

    On the bright side, if congress is dumb enough to get between many millions of Joe/Jane Americans and their television, it should finally get the attention of people who are normally indifferent to what congress does. If it served as a catalyst for a shakeup in Washington politics as usual, that just might be worth it.

    Having watched "The Corporation" recently, it seems it is going to require something very dear to the American people being taken away to get us to rise up against the corporate ruling class of the last few decades.

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