Fred von Lohmann from the Electronic
suggests a proactive approach to counteract the digital lockdown of devices in the future: buy a DTV tuner card now
. Fred wants you
to spend your money now, just in case the dreaded HDTV broadcast flag is raised up on the ugly flagpole again.
We're all for snapping up a DTV tuner card; heck, we just did that last month
for our WMCE machine.
Is a proactive purchase really going to help us if the copyright standards are reviewed and implemented? Fred, we're not
sure if you're a grandfather or not, but we don't think an early purchase will grandfather us under a broadcast flag
ruling. If you're in the market for a DTV tuner, go for it, but trying to purchase technology to circumvent the future
usually don't work. That's why we recently passed on a flux-capacitor
; it doesn't matter, we didn't have the DeLorean
to go with it.