adam1991 wrote:So what's the short story on why no grid guide?
Rovi holds the patent on the grid, and SD would have to pay royalties to use it. So they did their own thing to keep costs down. It's ridiculous that such a thing is even patentable, but that's the state of things. Only non-obvious things are supposed to be patentable. Presenting information in a grid seem pretty damn obvious to me. Wonder if Rovi has to pay the inventor of Visicalc.
When we asked SD about the grid from the very beginning of the kickstarter, they simply remained silent, making many angry, including me. If they had just told us the truth, we could have accepted it and moved on. I also completely understand the DRM issues now. Again, I wish they had just been straight with us from the beginning. I would be very wary of risking my company's net worth for DRM as well.
I now fully grasp the challenges they face. It will be interesting how this all plays out.