Old computers replacing TiVo, but not for long

Wired has news about the new trend in video recording: revamping old computers to replace TiVo and its subscription fee. For about $200, an out-of-date PC can be turned into a state-of-the-art digital recorder that will also turn any television into a media center with music, video, and games. The unfunny punchline to the piece: the record and movie industries are pushing hard to have the cables used in home installations changed so that the signal can only be recorded by TiVo. (In other digital news of the day, an anime site is reporting that Sony's Blu-Ray hi-def video discs will be region-coded like DVDs, preventing cheaper discs from Asia from being sold elsewhere.)

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