Tuner Minute 546 – The DVR is Dead

Jul 01, 2020 1 Comment by

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One Response to “Tuner Minute 546 – The DVR is Dead”

  1. Rainbird says:

    I’d like to comment on the question of streaming versus using physical media, such as dvr hard drives or discs. You have consistently overlooked the crucial factor that has created the “digital divide” in this country – access to high speed data. I live in a rural area with no access to cable. The best I can do get online is satellite Internet, with limited data that is very expensive. Streaming has to to be saved for special occasions.

    My Dish satellite tv service uses a separate, unlimited data stream for live tv (but not for on demand). So recording shows onto my Dish dvr hard drive, or buying season discs, is the only way to guarantee access to content.

    Access to high speed internet is essential to every aspect of life, especially now during Covid quarantine – work, school, telemedicine, entertainment, shopping, communication, banking. It should be treated by the government as a public utility, like telephones and electricity, not as elective entertainment controlled by for-profit media and telecom conglomerates. We need something like the federal Rural Electrification Act of 1936, which turned on the lights all across rural America. Here’s a clip from Wikipedia about its provisions if you’re interested:

    “The Rural Electrification Act of 1936, enacted on May 20, 1936, provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural areas of the United States. The funding was channeled through cooperative electric power companies, most of which still exist today.”

    Love your show and the great overview you provide.

    Best from Rainbird in Northwest Nowhere

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