March 17, 2012

How Microsoft plans to ruin your TV watching

Slashdot - theodp writes "Microsoft, reports Geek Wire, is seeking a patent on monetizing the buttons of your TV remote. In its application for a patent on 'Control-based Content Pricing,' Microsoft explains how one can jack up the cable bill of those who dare fast-forward past a diaper commercial or replay a sports highlight. From the patent application: 'If a user initiates a navigation control input to advance past (e.g., skip over) an advertisement, the cost of a requested on-demand movie may be increased. Similarly, if a user initiates a replay of a sporting event, the user may be charged for the replay control input and for each subsequent view control input.'"

2 comments:

mike flugennock said...

TV? What is this "TV" you speak of?

Anonymous said...

I've been TV free for 20 years. I've never missed it.