Monday, November 19, 2007

Oz Broadcasters want to disable ad skipping PVRs

From The Age:

"The free-to-air television industry has declared war on ad-skipping personal video recorders as it prepares to release a free electronic program guide for the first time.

Despite releasing the guide, the industry is pressuring PVR makers to limit the advertisement-skipping functions of their products before they are authorised to access it."

Remember when Jamie Kellner of Turner Broadcasting said, five years ago, that viewers have a contract to "watch the spots", that anyone skipping ads was "actually stealing the programming" but there could be a "certain amount of tolerance for going to the bathroom."?

Update: See also No EPG for you! at iTWire.

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