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Days of recording network TV shows coming to an end?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Johnny Dangerously, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I looked but couldn't find a thread on this. Was just talking with a friend who said she's had difficulty recording shows on her local Fox station. After about 10 minutes, she gets a notice saying copyrighted material cannot be copied, and her recorder shuts off. She said she called the station, and the guy she talked with had never heard of that. He called Fox offices in New York and found out, yep, that's the deal on certain shows, and there's more of that on the way.

    No doubt I'm the last person on the board to know this, but I figured I'd start a thread on it anyway. Funny how we're living in a world where so many of us are out of work, and newspapers have been giving away the content online for free for years, and now TV networks are beginning to block the recording of their shows. I'm sure before long this could develop into a Journalism topics topic, if it's not one already. But I'll start it here and see what happens.

    Anyone else running into this? This came up because I mentioned I am DVDing the ESPN special on the 1958 NFL championship game for a friend.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Havent had a problem, but might tape something tomorrow just to see
  3. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    She said "The Mentalist" is one of the shows she has this problem with. That's CBS, right? So it's not just Fox.
  4. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Why on Earth (or how for that matter) would the networks do this? Who cares when people watch the show as long as they watch it and see the commercials? It's not as if the networks make any money from the actual viewer.

    I find this difficult to believe.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Box set, season 1... 2... 3
  6. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    What is she using to make the recording?

    I tape multiple shows on a lot of different channels -- "CSI: NY," "Top Chef NYC," "House," "Brothers & Sisters" -- with an ordinary VCR and haven't had a problem.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I didn't ask her. I will next time we talk. She just said "record." I'm guessing based on what the network person said, it won't matter, though.
  8. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I assume it's because you'll fast-forward through the commercials. It's short-sighted and foolish, but that would be why they would do it.

    FWIW, I work for a network affiliate and haven't heard of this.
  9. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    So that's why Feb. 17, 2009 is such a big day for them.
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Blame Microsoft:


    And it will be the end of the television shows which do this, if you ask me.
  11. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    They'd rather you watch the shows online, visit their sites, see their ads.
  12. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    C'mon network TV. Don't you know it's OK to put anything and everything you produce out there for free, to be copied and posted or broadcast elsewhere, especially on the internet? It can't hurt can it? After all, any and all information is free! And that goes for you too music industry! [/newspaper industry]
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