You know what the technology world needs? More patents! And since new innovations are difficult to come up with, companies appear to be trying to patent the most basic things they can. In this case, FierceCable is reporting that Time Warner Cable has won a patent to disable the fast forward button on your DVR.
The original patent, filed back in 2007, attempts to cover all sorts of “trick play” functionality, including “rewind, pause, skip, and/or fast-forward.” The patent goes on to explain the reason for disabling these features and they all boil down to either advertising revenue or forcing users to watch things they don’t want to.