Did The Beginning of the End of DVR Occur This Week?Fri May 16, 2008 @ 01:26PM PST
Posted by Eriq Gardner
On Monday, NBC may have triggered a broadcast flag that prevented Windows Vista Media Center users from recording "American Gladiators" and "Medium." Spokespeople from NBC and Microsoft said the flag may have been triggered as an accident.
Still, the incident demonstrates the power of broadcast networks to potentially kill the DVR phenomenon at the press of a button. Who knows whether that would spark a reaction similar to Sony BMG's snafu with overreaching DRM, but we imagine that there would be a ton of class action lawyers and an army of copyfighters waiting in the wings to pounce.
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says it is investigating the incident and believe entertainment rightsholders to be lobbying hardware and software manufacturers behind the scenes to plant the flag.