The God Machine

FCC's Powell declares TiVo 'God's machine'

LAS VEGAS -- The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is a new convert -- to the personal digital video recorder faithful. "My favorite product that I got for Christmas is TiVo," FCC chairman Michael Powell said during a question and answer session at the International Consumer Electronics Show. "TiVo is God's machine."

If Powell's enthusiasm for digital recordings of TV broadcasts are reflected in FCC rulings, the entertainment industry could find it difficult to push in Washington its agenda for technical restrictions on making and sharing such recordings.

Powell said he intended to use the TiVo machine to record TV shows to play on other television sets in his home, and even suggested that he might share recordings with his sister if she were to miss a favorite show. "I'd like to move it to other TVs," he said of his digitally recorded programming. A number of products already allow that. [...]

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3 Responses:

  1. brad says:

    Hell yes!!

  2. atakra says:

    That is so hellish!

    I like.

  3. king_mob says:

    Well, I think it's just great that that totally evil prick might make some reasonable decisions now that they benefit him personally. Go him.

    I'm bitter as hell about Michael Powell, because my dad worked with his dad, and my dad swears that the general is a nice guy. One is forced to wonder how his son got so screwed up.