Build your own TV!

By Annalee Newitz

As the FCC and the entertainment biz get ready to end home recording as we know it, a bunch of radical geeks are working on a solution or two. There is a new breed of protester and they’re expressing their discontent with the U.S. government by building a television. A new Federal Communications Commission regulation called the “Broadcast Flag” promises to to stop people from putting high-quality recordings of TV shows on popular file-sharing networks like BitTorrent. In reality, it will give the government an unprecedented amount of control over what we do in our own homes with recordings of HDTV. The flag is supposed to stop mass copying and infringement, but it will also stop most consumers from perfectly legal activities like saving HD copies of shows for personal use.

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