It would be an interesting (but unwanted) lawsuit. Would someone care to tell me what I did? And, please, check your facts before answering.
Playstream - not mine.
mplex - not mine
netcat - not mine
TiVoNET - not mine
httpd - not mine
A message to AVS forums - mine.
All that has been released was a combination of existing tools with their functionality either improved or corrected (and FYI, the release was not actually done by me either). I fail to see how a lawsuit could be placed on me for PlayStream, unless one is also placed on the original authors.
I'm not tempting fate, but there's little basis for any action to be taken.
Even if someone tried to accuse me of extracting copyrighted material, they would have an impossible time - I've never done it and that's the God's honest truth (there's a whole story to that one
The part that is foolish is the adverse reactions for something that exists for other products. Replay TV has extraction software, and to be honest so did TiVo (ask sorphin and Tridge). I didn't expect the slashdot reaction - and I feel that is the reason why David Bott et al were upset. And I'm truly sorry for that - they guy didn't deserve having to deal with that mess.
Hopefully this will all die down and nothing will come of it. After all, I was not seeking sensationalism when making the announcement. More like I was publicising a feature.
I'm sorry you feel that hacking 'support' will be reduced. It may be for a time, but people will recover. Remember that MPEG extraction is not theft of service, there should be no harm to TiVo's income stream unless frivolrous lawsuits are placed on them, or advertisers back-out. I cannot even see why DirectTV would be upset - the software will not work on the DirectTiVo boxes unless someone else modifies the code (the bit-rates are too high for the code to handle).
I plan to take a back-seat for a while and see how things pan out. David Bott should expect a sincere letter of apology from me in a couple of weeks, and maybe he will let me post one on AVS forums.