What Is Time Shifting?

Time shifting is the recording of programming to a storage medium to be viewed or listened to at a time more convenient to the consumer. Typically, this refers to TV programming but can also refer to radio shows via podcasts.

In recent years, the advent of the digital video recorder (DVR) has made time shifting easier, by using an electronic program guide (EPG) and recording shows onto a hard disk. Some DVRs have other possible time shifting methods, such as being able to start watching the recorded show from the beginning even if the recording is not yet complete. In the past, time shifting was done with a video cassette recorder (VCR) and its timer function, in which the VCR tunes into the appropriate station and records the show onto video tape.

A digital video recorder (DVR) or personal video recorder (PVR) is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes with recording facility, portable media players (PMP) with recording facility, recorders (PMR as camcorders that record onto memory cards) and software for personal computers which enables video capture and playback to and from disk. A television set with built-in digital video-recording facilities was introduced by LG in 2007,[1] followed by other manufacturers. DVR adoption has rapidly accelerated in recent years: in January 2006, AC Nielsen recorded 1.2% of US households having a DVR but by February 2011, this number had accelerated to 42.2% of viewers in the United States.

The legality of time-shifting programming in the United States was proven by the landmark court case of Universal Studios versus Sony Corporation (Sony v. Universal, or the "Betamax case")[1]. In 1979, Universal sued Sony, claiming its timed recording capability amounted to "copyright infringement". Sony argued that the advent of its Betamax video recorder in 1976 did not violate the copyright of the owners of shows which the device recorded. A district court found that noncommercial home use recording was considered fair use and ruled in favor of Sony. In appeals, the United States Court of Appeals reversed this decision in 1981 giving the edge to Universal, but the Supreme Court of the United States reversed it yet again in 1984, and found in favor of Sony 5-4. The majority decision held that time shifting was a fair use, represented no substantial harm to the copyright holder, and would not contribute to a diminished marketplace for its product.

Today there is a new company that's pushing the time shifting concept to the next level. FreeFox is in the process of creating software that will become the "Internet Record" button. The concept being that the Internet is next generation of broadcast mediums. Therefore consumers of this broadcast medium need the means to time shift the content available on the Internet for later consumption on the preferred device of their choice.

The FreeFox software will allow users to time shift any video broadcast found on the Internet. With the new FreeFox software, users will be able to take full control of their entertainment experience. You'll be able to reliably play all music and video files, including MP3, WMA, WAV, Flash, MPEG, and more. The audio bit rate can be saved out as high as 320 kbps. One-Click Video Download - One-click is all it takes to download videos. Mobile Transfer - Transfer your favorite digital media to and from your PC and smartphone, to enjoy on the go. Convert Video to mp3 - Convert many different types of video files into almost any format you need. The software will work with iTunes - Build your iTunes library by time shifting videos from thousands of websites. Watch on iPhone, iPod, or iPad - Enjoy Flash videos anywhere you like. Transfer HQ Video to Smartphone - Convert & transfer high-quality video to your smartphone.

Additionally, FreeFox will also supports the ability to download the actual video and save them out to whatever device that supports video play back, including FLV, MOV, MP4, PSP, AVI, MPG, and WMV. You will be able to select the video size up to 1080P HD (1920x1080).

FreeFox is the future of Internet DVR - the "Internet Record" button. FreeFox will provide Internet users the ability to time shift any video broadcast found on the Internet.


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