[olug] Roku vs Boxee

Steve Busby steve.busby at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 04:51:43 UTC 2012

I'm not going to post the complete thread, but here's the final email
I got from Cox.  I don't download any movies, just torrent feeds for
shows I could record OTA from the big three and Fox; unless I can
watch it via Hulu.


Dear Subscriber,

Thank you for your response. The unauthorized
distribution(file-sharing) of copyrighted content, such as music,
movies, TV shows and software, is not permitted, even if you purchased
or obtained the media from an authorized source.


Many people are not aware that most file-sharing programs, such as
BitTorrent, place downloaded files into a 'shared' directory that will
allow others to access these files.  We understand that you were
likely unaware of this.  We recommend that users of peer-to-peer
networks disable the 'sharing' feature of their client to avoid
further complaints.  For additional help or instructions pertaining to
disabling the sharing feature, please consult the documentation for
your specific software package.  If the material listed has been
removed or access has been disabled, then you have done your part to
address this matter.  We appreciate your cooperation.

If you have additional questions, please let us know.


Cox Customer Security


On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM, Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:
> I too am interested in the "download is legal" answer.  If so, scan
> the document so we can all have it.
> A few years ago my brother-in-law got disconnected and the BitTorrents
> he was downloading (and presumably re-sharing) were the stated reason.
>  Having this doc in hand would be a nice shield.
> Dan
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 08:23, Jason N <dashrender at cox.net> wrote:
>> Uploads of copywritten content would be forbidden for legal reasons..
>> What I'm more interested in is, did you get the fact that you can download presumably anything via bit torrent in writting?
>> ---- jman at miwire.com wrote:
>>   why are the uploads forbidden?
>>   Steve Busby <steve.busby at gmail.com> wrote ..
>> I switched my MythTV to a MacMini running Plex last year when I cancelled cable.
>> After several emails with Cox support, I found I can download all the
>> torrents I want, as long as I don't upload any content.
>> So I run "TVShows" to monitor when the torrents are available, it
>> feeds them to "Transmission", which does the downloading (but NO
>> uploading). Plex monitors the download directory and indexes several
>> times a day.
>> I have to occasionally manually delete watched shows to free up drive
>> space, but doing so weekly only takes 10 minutes or so.
>> BuzB
>> On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM, Lee M. Meysenburg
>>  wrote:
>>> We have been using Roku boxes since they first came out and are very happy
>>> with them. We also use PlayOn  with the Roku to get
>>> access to the Web Only content of Hulu as well as many other channels.
>>> We used MythTV for years but have since switched to MediaPortal
>>>  for DVR, DVD Content, etc. and are not
>>> looking back. I always felt like I spent more time making things work and
>>> keeping things working with MythTV then actually using it. That isn't to say
>>> MediaPortal doesn't have it's occasional hiccups, but they are far and few
>>> between compared to issues with MythTV.
>>> My two cents,
>>> Lee
>>> On 3/13/2012 9:07 AM, Shannon wrote:
>>>> I just got a roku box. have and old xp box we had been using so we could
>>>> watch netflix on the tv. With the computer we have been watching some
>>>> shows
>>>> from station websites like CW and TNT but so far I have been unable to
>>>> find
>>>> a way to watch those with for free on the roku box. So I have not
>>>> disconnected the computer yet. though I guess I could play for hulu $8 and
>>>> $9 for netflix..  its starting to add up.. going to be playing cable
>>>> prices
>>>> yet
>>>> http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/why-hulu-plus-sucks-and-why-you-should-us
>> e-it-anyway
>>>> Shannon
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