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Good for Elgato

EyeTV does not support broadcast flags or other DRM measures:

“EyeTV doesn’t support any broadcast flags or other methods of restricting the use of television programs.

Such methods have been encouraged by the television and movie industry – to prevent recording or sharing certain shows – but they are not required by law. Legislation does vary country by country, but at the present time there are no such restrictions in the locations where EyeTV is available.

Therefore, EyeTV and other Elgato software will ignore any flags or other voluntary DRM methods – if you can watch a program, you can record, edit or share it as you see fit.”

Good for Elgato. Broadcast flags are noxious, ineffective, and stupid. A much better way of moving forward for the TV industry would be making content available to buy immediately after transmission – as with music, the only people who will choose to pirate when content is easily and cheaply available for sale are those who couldn’t afford it anyway.

(We have a Mac mini set up in the living room, using EyeTV to record shows, which are then archived into iTunes linked to a 1Tb drive. Even though we also have an excellent Humax PVR, we use the EyeTV much more.)

(Via TUAW.)

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