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# 41861 24-Sep-2009 12:53
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Hello folks... We are running a series of blog posts with three reviewers from our forums (TonyHughes, ScottPalmer, Pebbles).

As part of the blog series we will be able to get Freeview to answer questions about their MyFreeview|HD DTR.  These questions can be posted in the blog itself - or here.

Please ask anything related to the DTRs - only the DTRs! We will post the answers in the blog.





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Any chance of ever copying anything off the hard drive to view elsewhere? VCR's allowed for tapes, HDD/DVD players allowed you to write to DVDs. These new devices seem to lack functionality present in the products they replace.

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Jaxson: Any chance of ever copying anything off the hard drive to view elsewhere? VCR's allowed for tapes, HDD/DVD players allowed you to write to DVDs. These new devices seem to lack functionality present in the products they replace.

Many devices are network enabled, and have the functionality to let you lift files off to play elsewhere.







 
 
 
 


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  # 258094 24-Sep-2009 15:31
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Jaxson: Any chance of ever copying anything off the hard drive to view elsewhere? VCR's allowed for tapes, HDD/DVD players allowed you to write to DVDs. These new devices seem to lack functionality present in the products they replace.


Format shifting of video is prohibited under NZ Copyright laws. You will never see a Freeview certified device that will offer this functionality.

Devices such as Tivo do this but Tivo isn't Freeview certified.


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  # 258105 24-Sep-2009 16:07
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I know other devices can do it Tony, but it doesn't look like any official freeview device can.
So I'm asking is this a freeview thing or is it an NZ copyright thing?

If it's law then how are these other devices getting away with it? Are you breaking the law if you do it with your device?!

If it's freeview, then why have they opted for this stance, along with their EIT data stance etc .....

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  # 258111 24-Sep-2009 16:32
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No - the Freeview certified ones cannot do this (officially).

Format shifting is likely only illegal on copyrighted material.

The devices aren't 'getting away with' anything. It's no different to a VCR. The VCR is not illegal, but it is illegal to tape stuff and sell it (or format shift it).

Not sure about EIT as I haven't followed that topic, but I suspect it's easier to ink big media deals when your end users are prevented from abusing copyright via technological barriers.







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