I sat down at my desk at work and turned the TV on. It’s good to work in TV (well, for this one benefit it is). A story was running on CNN about David Letterman’s scheduled interview with Senator John McCain tonight.
I forgot to set the DVR. Damn!
No problem. My MythTV homebuilt DVR is online and within 90 seconds I found the show in Myth’s online database and set it to record. Pretty simple, which brings up the question–why can’t my Comcast DVR do this?
The Comcast DVR is made by Cisco, a company well versed on Internet technology. Comcast provides Internet access to my house. The DVR itself is a digital device with its own IP address (probably only internally addressable within Comcast’s domain). In other words, if Comcast and Cisco felt it was in their interest this hardware could surely support the level of sophistication my homebuilt DVR, built with a discarded computer and free software. provides.
Seriously, do you think I don’t notice this?