This is becoming more and more common - it almost needs legislative correction devices are being made bricks because someone decides they aren't going to support them anymore there should be a responsibility to either open up the device to firmware mods or at least a final update that allows the device to function relatively well.
Great post and agreed - yes it is.
Given the number of people affected by the TIVO end-of-service notice with many suggesting tens of thousands of TIVO still in service, it is a story that needs further coverage because it's TIVO today - something else tomorrow.
It serves as a warning for the ages..
There is nothing wrong with TIVO. Some will require new drives, but fundamentally this is landfill because of a service contract.
What happens when this affects home security systems or your car's operations or professional service software and firmware which has you backed into a a corner and it's upgrade or lose the service (I am living this one right now).
So if nothing else, someone here needs to be the face of TIVO for a Fair Go story.
RPhenix you are quite right - there is far more of this to come. TIVO is just one example of perfectly functioning hardware kneecapped by other service providers, creating needless landfill.
So who is up for Fair Go as a public service warning of other similar stories and failures to come..?
I agree. This is completely different than cadbury's and analog TV's (that was a national decision for the future, and international compatibility).
We have a good example of waste here for Fair Go, depending on what we are left with in Oct.