Finnish TTVK (Tekijänoikeuden tiedotus- ja valvontakeskus ry) is planning to sue two Finland's biggest internet service providers Elisa and TeliaSonera. This is because TeliaSonera and Elisa provide their users a recording possibility in their IPTV-service.
At last the IPTV seems to become a basic thing in Finland. IPTV’s advantages are that all tv-channels can be watched whether you were in cable or antenna home. Almost any IPTV program can be recorded to the service providers cloud. Users that have IPTV don’t have a need for big digiboxes with big and slow hard drives. Another advantage is that user can record any amount of programs at the same time in any amount of channels. Yours truly has a Wbox HD2 that can record three channels at the same time as you watch a fourth channel. Turning from IPTV to this normal digibox was first challenging because I have had a habit to record any program from EPG that interested me.
Well to the point. IPTV is the best thing since turning the analog tv to digital. It’s a breakthrough that encourages service providers to enhance their outdated ADSL-connections. If you wonder why, I’ll explain. Let’s think that family has 24/1mb ADSL-connection and someone from the family watches HD-channel through IPTV and one surfs the Internet and watches videos from YouTube. It doesn’t take too long to notice that lame 24/1mb connection isn’t just enough. HD-channels will start to make loud cracking noises and it will be more like watching a cartoon than watching a movie. YouTube user notices that YouTube won’t buffer fast enough.
The family that has IPTV is probably pleased with the service and just don’t want to give up because the connection isn’t fast enough. This means that family needs faster DSL-connection and they probably will contact their service provider to get the faster connection. The main point of this post. Finnish service providers don’t currently have any better connections to offer to the general public than 24/1mb. This is because of ADSL2+ can’t offer faster connections and it’s currently only technique that is available almost for everyone in Finland. I think that if customers need faster connections, service providers will find the way to provide the connection for customer sooner or later. If it doesn’t exist now, it doesn’t mean that it won’t exist in the future. It will improve infrastructure and will help Finland to keep its place at cutting edge of technology. TTKV, which was mentioned in the beginning of this blogpost is now planning to slow this improvement.
It’s very short sighted to think that IPTV-recording services will harm anyone. It’s very far from piracy and is very equivalent to recording with digibox or even with VHS. Well, it does little harm. Let’s say that Expendables comes from tv and I record it with my IPTV. It will stay there for 90 days. TeliaSoneras service allows user to have recordings 90 days stored until those will be erased. That little harm is that I won’t probably buy or rent the movie for these 90 days because of my awesome IPTV-service. It’s a small harm comparing to piracy that happens in the internet for example by Piratebay like services. Almost all movies that come from tv are at least three years old. Not many people will rent or buy those movies or series. Notice also that TeliaSoneras service won’t allow user to record payed CMORE, MTV nordic, Discovery or any other cable like channels.
What TTKV is doing is almost criminal. IPTV-recording is an easy target while they can’t do anything to REAL piracy. I really suggest that people at TTKV consider to get a real job or at least try to do their current job the way that it won’t hurt general public.