It's the latest digital media murder mystery: TiVo Series2's TiVoToGo enabled limited portability of recorded content to PCs and other devices, but the TiVo Series3 HD did not include this feature when recently released. In other words, if you want to upgrade to HD, you have to downgrade your TiVo's features.
You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to guess that this story somehow involves Hollywood, the FCC, and DRM. In the brave new world of cable and satellite television received through digital inputs, get ready for copying restrictions that won't stop "Internet piracy" but will stop you from making legitimate use of lawfully acquired content. You'll be forced to only buy devices with limited features, and restricted digital outputs could break compatibility with your current HD displays and receivers, even though you may have already invested thousands of dollars in them. Innovators will have to beg permission before inventing new digital devices that help you get more from your satellite and cable content.
Unfortunately, TiVoToGo's disappearance is just the tip of the iceberg. EFF has opposed these restrictions every step of the way -- learn more below, and take action now to fight back against digital cable and satellite DRM.
A successor to CableCARD is on the way, and CableLabs has drafted a proposed spec that would further limit competition and innovation in digital cable devices.
Cable companies have been dragging their feet on CableCARD, the credit-card size gadget meant to help create set-top alternatives. The CableCARD standard prescribes awful restrictions, but if the cable companies succeed in killing it off, their set-top boxes won't face competition, and the DRM will get much worse.