Registered: Mar 2000
It's also a minority with the ability to hurt Tivo very badly by changing to box as to not require service, not require calling in, not require anything.
Locking the box is a bad idea, because it only means that people will need to fight them in order to continue to hack their boxes. And then you end up in the situation DTV is in with DTV hackers. DTV hacking is now basically undetectable unless you do something stupid, and DTV can no longer fight the signal theft on a technological level. By killing almost all simple H card hacks, they drove the sales of emulation boards thru the roof, and it's now at the point where DTV cannot even fight them wholesale, they have to sue them when they find them. It's a sad situation DTV got themselves into, and Tivo might be starting down the same road if they don't watch it.
When it comes to these things, the trick is that any decision made to have an effect in the short term is a bad one. DTV thought it was a good idea, in the short term, to stop H card hacking. In the long term, it's made DTV hacking basically impossible to stop, ever, short of scrapping the whole mess and starting from scratch, which is impossible, of course.
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[This message has been edited by Otto (edited 08-03-2001).]
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