re: Replay's replay

by Rael Dornfest

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Now how predictable was that?! SONICblue (nee replaytv) is being sued by the big three networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC -- for copyright violation. Replay returned to the DVR market in September with the ReplayTV 4000, a broadband network-ready, 320 hour recording, commercial-skipping, program sharing, digital photo viewing box of multimedia joy. "In a joint statement, the media companies charge that the ReplayTV 4000 deprives them of revenue and reduces their incentive to create new programs." Ironically, "only two weeks ago, it won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for technological and engineering achievement."