SonicBlue goes belly up

Since Slashdot rejected this article when I submitted it to them, I guess I’ll put it here. Sonicblue, makers of Replay TV and the Rio portable MP3 player filed for bankrupcy.

This bums me out, because I really liked how they were antagonizing the media industry with commercial-skip and file sharing features. Coincidentally, part of the reason they went under (as mentioned in the article) is because of all the money they were spending on legal fees fighting battles with these companies. It also seems consumers didn’t demand these features in sufficient numbers, and chose to buy TiVos instead.

I think it will be interesting to see if the build-your-own PVRs take off… like MythTV and Freevo.

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