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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  1. identicon
    me, 25 May 2005 @ 7:30am

    Re: An attention getter finally?

    to rise up against the corporate ruling class
    Ah yes, kill the oppressors!! How dare they give me easy access to their goods which better my life. The horror!! They're ruling over me because...uhmmm...they're offering me stuff that makes life easier/more fun...and uhmm...that's BAD!! I know this is true because some commie made a movie crapping on them...wait..with corporate made technology!!GASP!! And marketed it!! GASP!! For PROFIT??! GASP!! He must be in on it...damn they're everywhere!! ....or....you're nuts

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