Macrovision buys Gemstar-TV Guide

By Justin Mann on December 7, 2007, 8:17 PM
Macrovision, a company that every DRM-fearing consumer can love to hate, has recently decided to purchase Gemstar-TV Guide. Throwing down about $1.55 billion, Macrovision is looking to absorb the company to expand their DRM littering.

In particular, their goal is to enable “extensive libraries” of content to be accessed on multiple devices. The keyword here, however, is “protected” content. They cite examples like movie reviews, personal photos, music libraries and more. Of course, the last thing anyone in the world wants is for a DRM company to begin enforcing policies on your personal pictures. Maybe I'm being a little extreme, here, but their goals of adding more and more content protection to anything they can get their hands on leaves a bitter taste in many peoples mouths.

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