Friday, May 31, 2002

TiVo Spam The BBC paid TiVo to record an unsolicited program on its UK subscriber's boxes. Consumers are incensed, and MPs are calling for legislation.

The problem here is that property rights haven't been defined. If TiVo offered customers a lower subscription rate if they agreed to let paid programming be recorded on their boxen, some would take it, and some wouldn't. But no one would complain when it happened, and everyone would be better of. After all, content producers pay TiVo to broadcast their programs, it's only fair they pass some of that onto subscribers.


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