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  Monday, May 27, 2002

I love you but I'll leave you in a second...

From The Register via Adam Curry...

"Users of the TiVo digital video recorder have reacted angrily to a new sponsorship feature that automatically records certain programmes, adverts and other promotional material. ...They were even more surprised to find that they won't be allowed to delete the programme for one week, and that more sponsored recordings are on the way. "

I love Tivo, and I want the company to succeed. But if they start taking up hard disk space with stuff I can't delete for a week, this device that has become central to my tv-watching life will become an experiment. I've heard that there are all sorts of Linux hacks for Tivo out there, and once they take over my box, I'm hitting back.

This is exactly the wrong tact to take with the Tivo-loving world. People willing to shell out $400 or more to watch TV a different way, have their preferences watched and used for advertising research and pay about $100US a year are not stupid enough to take a 'forced' program lying down.

You want to put a Best-Buy and Sheryl Crow 10 Minute piece on my Tivo, fine, as long as I can delete it. Once you start taking up space I paid for, it's war.

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