Secret? Are you kidding? They are hoovering up EVERY piece of electronic data they can get their hands on. Tax records, ALL e-mails, texts, Facebook accounts, license plate readers, credit card transactions, etc. If it is done electronically they have a copy of it. All information is sorted looking for patterns of terrorist activity. Not only is this highly illegal, it is only a matter of time before they start using the information for other purposes (if it hasn't already started). This is not the government our forefathers fought and died to protect. The founding fathers are spinning in their graves.
Google really blew it. They could have had a killer product but because they did not reach out to the content providers FIRST they are now getting the cold shoulder. They would have had to offer some kind of payment for access (like Hulu plus) but now they are stuck in IPTV limbo like the Boxee Box. Apple and Netflix have had more success with bringing network content to the web but they are both pay services and have a track record of working with the content providers instead of doing their own thing.
I can't wait to see Comcast file for bankruptcy. Their head-in-the-sand attitude will only hasten their demise. I dumped them a year ago when I complained about the quality of the service and too high price. They basically told me tough luck, just deal with it and pay the bill. I told them goodbye and with OTA, Hulu, Clicker, Miro and Netflix/Roku I have more than I could ever watch.
HTPC w/OTA & Roku give me more content than I have time to watch. Cable got the boot a year ago. Don't miss them one bit. Comcast will become a regulated "dumb pipe" for internet access. Once they have real competition in that area they will be out of business.
I solved this problem a long time ago. I record most everything using Windows Media Center on a HTPC to watch at a later time. There is a handy skip forward button on the WMC remote. No more loud commercials. On the rare instance where I watch live TV (Football) there is this handy button called mute. If the commercials weren't so loud or obnoxious I might actually watch some of them.
We haven't seen all the problems with DMCA yet. I understand car manufacturers may encrypt some of the traffic between computers in their cars. If anyone trys to make a "will fit" electronic part they will be sued due to DMCA.
Clicker and Youtube are both creating a passive alternative. They learn what types of videos you like and stream them one after another to you.
The only problem I see with IPTV is it is still fragmented. I want to be able to move from Clicker to Miro to Netflix to OTA with one button press. It will happen in time. IPTV is still in it's infancy.
PS: I dropped cable almost a year ago. Comcast compressed the signal so much even a Hulu video looked better.
Just dump your cable company and be done with it already. The b_ _ tards won't be happy until they put themselves out of business. They will be blaming the (ex)customers all the way to the poor house. It couldn't have been anything THEY did, could it?
Am I missing something? Why bother to DRM an audio book? Everybody and their brother can simply record from the analog out port. If you loose a bit of fidelity, so what? It is an audio book. It matters with music, but not with someone reading aloud. Apple proved that people will pay for something they can steal if the environment is right. Adding DRM is not the right way to go. Making the process of finding the right audio book, buying it and using it at a reasonable price is the road map to success.