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3. Re: No more fast forward Jun 21, 2012, 08:36 kanniballl
 
Ratty wrote on Jun 20, 2012, 20:20:
I knew this was coming. Comcast has disabled fast forwarding on some of their VOD network shows for a couple of months now.

Fios started doing that years ago... especially with ABC shows.

In their case, there is (or at least WAS) a work-around. Start fast forwarding IMMEDIATELY... as soon as the menu VOD menu disappears and the screen turns black. It prevent(ed) the feature from being locked out.

I guess they apply the "fast-forward lock" a couple of seconds into the recording... probably just before the big screen comes up saying "we're turning off fast forward." There's probably a delay with reading a database to say "should we lock-out-fast forward"

And they probably can't apply the lock while fast forward is in effect.


But I haven't checked in the last few weeks.
 
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2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 21, 2012, 00:44 mag
 
US wants inventive ways to get research out of university labs and into the real world.

IP laws pretty much prevent this from happening.
 
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1. Re: No more fast forward Jun 20, 2012, 20:20 Ratty
 
I knew this was coming. Comcast has disabled fast forwarding on some of their VOD network shows for a couple of months now. The day they do it for shows saved on my DVR is the day I quit cable. But, in light of the previous article on Netflix stealing viewers away from VOD, it's hard to see this happening. But then again, when you have a virtual monopoly and own a network or two ...  
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