The FCC has announced that it will be blocking the production and sale of the highly anticipated HD TiVo. The move is partially in response to the Super Bowl fiasco in which Janet Jackson’s right breast was exposed by Justin Timberlake.
TiVo is a device that allows users to pause TV programs or even rewind and replay portions of a show. The HD TiVo will allow users to pause, record and replay High Definition TV programs. The HD TiVo was scheduled to be released to the public during the first quarter of 2004 with a list price of nearly $1000.
One notable TiVo user apparently unimpressed with the performance of Timberlake and Jackson was FCC chairman Michael Powell, who launched an investigation into the bare-breasted matter. Powell himself rewatched the breast-baring incident at least 7 times. It was Powell’s conclusion that TiVo bares much of the responsibility for the exposure of Janet Jackson’s breast.
A spokesman for Powell said “The FCC can not risk people viewing something as offensive as Janet Jackson’s right breast over and over in High Definition. It’s bad enough that many viewers were subjected to seeing her breast one time. Can you imagine having to see every dimple and imperfection over and over?”
TiVo has admitted that the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime stunt was the most replayed moment not only of the Super Bowl but of all TV moments that the young company has ever measured.
The FCC has suggested that TiVo consider modifying the device by adding “Flesh Filter’s” similar to those used by Howard Stern and in the “Girl’s Gone Wild” video commercials. The Flesh Filters cause any exposed flesh or an inappropriate nature to be replaced by either an image or by a series of flesh colored squares of different shades.
Pornography seeker and potential HD Tivo customer Mike Dennis opposes TiVo’s plan. “How am I supposed to record the Real Sex series on HBO in High Definition if TiVo and the FCC pull this crap.”
originally posted 2/9/2004