I personally would hold God to a higher standard than a device that digitally records television, but that’s just me:
- 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.
A TiVo competitor, SONICblue, has been sued by top motion picture studios and some television networks over a ReplayTV device that enables users to share digitally recorded shows over the Internet with a limited group of fellow ReplayTV owners.
Powell made the statements during a brief exchange with Gary Shapiro, who heads the Consumer Electronics Association, a lobbying group opposed to government-imposed restrictions on TiVo-like digital recording technology. [AP]
It would be the height of impudence for man to apply restrictions on the work of God, wouldn’t it?