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Will Hollywood sue the SlingBox out of existence?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:27 am    Post subject: Will Hollywood sue the SlingBox out of existence? Reply with quote

Saw this story:
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060427-6691.html
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=93320&WT.svl=news1_4
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really don't see how Hollywood has a leg to stand on here. Sling has been very careful to limit the box's capability so that it can't broadcast to multiple users, thus limiting it to just one user. So all the user is really doing is extending the length of the cable that extends from his cable box (or whatever) to his TV.

They raised the issue of the Sling transmitting some shows "out of state" where the original broadcaster didn't have a license to broadcast the show that way. Well, if the user didn't have a Slingbox, he would probably have recorded the show in question on a traditional VCR and watched it when he got home, rather than watching it on his laptop in his hotel room. Either way, he's paid for the show with his cable or SAT subscription, so why shouldn't he be able to watch it right away if the technology is there to let him do so.

Having said all that, it doesn't mean that the nasty MPAA won't at least try to sue in the hopes that just the presence of a law suit will drive a small company like Sling out of business, just like they did with SonicBlue over ReplayTV.
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