would an open source dvd/hdd recorder be financially viable ?

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just wondering aloud really - no real reason.

think about it - a HDD/DVD Recorder with a completely open software platform. People could re-write the interface, add skins e.t.c.

You could hardwire some form of copy protection so that if you ripped a DVD to the hard drive, you couldn't then burn it out to another disk.

Could be interesting .. but would it be financially viable ?. Would it be too much of a niche ?
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Gavtech

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just wondering aloud really - no real reason.

think about it - a HDD/DVD Recorder with a completely open software platform. People could re-write the interface, add skins e.t.c.

You could hardwire some form of copy protection so that if you ripped a DVD to the hard drive, you couldn't then burn it out to another disk.

Could be interesting .. but would it be financially viable ?. Would it be too much of a niche ?
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Financially viable for whom?

One of the points of open source is that it is not motivated or driven by finance.

Making DVDR's [ properly ] is scarcely even financially viable for the large corporations.
 
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Financially viable for whom?

Well, for the company who created it. It would be similar in a way to Sony releasing a version of the Playstation development kit a few years ago.

Maybe not open source totally then, but allow the operating system to be re-written, or allow addons or plugins to be written for it - google are doing it with their mobile I s'pose.
 

Gavtech

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Well, for the company who created it. It would be similar in a way to Sony releasing a version of the Playstation development kit a few years ago.

Maybe not open source totally then, but allow the operating system to be re-written, or allow addons or plugins to be written for it - google are doing it with their mobile I s'pose.

I cannot see why a company would want to do such a thing.

There is not an equivalence with games development, which depends on the constant improvement in both hardware and software techniques, and where a manufacturers interests are served by establishing a unique platform.

In the case of DVDR's there is no room for development.
It is a fully developed product sharing a common platform for all manufacturers.

The product could do a great deal more... but doesn't.
Not because of hardware or software limitations, but mostly because of licensing restriction, copyright and intellectual property reasons... and also because manufacturers have other product lines they want to sell with which a more developed product might compete.
 

Hal_loe

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Guess the closest implementation to what you are talking about would be the TAPs (Topfield Aplication Program) on the Topfield PVR's. Have a look at www.toppy.org.uk for more info on what can be done with these.

MyStuff is an amazing add-on written and tested by a group of users and shows what can be done when the manufactures allow you to.....
 

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