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A&E violates Apple’s EULA

Move over Psystar, looks like Apple has bigger fish to fry! Check out this little bit of DMCA-circumventing that A&E thought they could slip by us simply because they figured no one would be watching their new Patrick Swayze vehicle, The Beast. Well, apparently they didn’t count on eagle-eyed faithful Macenstein reader (and Swayze fan) Kerry!

“I was watching the A&E show The Beast (Patrick Swayze Lives) and as you can clearing see the character is working on a Sony Vaio laptop but in the next scene it is running OSX. ”

“Hmm Apple might have to sue someone for violating their EULA. Look at the crappy media player which is of course a windows app as the close, minimize and maximize buttons are on the right. Not sure if it is news worthy but I hate seeing Macs on TV running windows and it is even sicker to see a PC run OSX.”

Now, before you guys flame us in the comments, we realize this is likely just a lame Flash mockup that TV Shows often use to simulate computer screens. However, TV depictions of computers are a pet peeve of mine, as they constantly “beep” any time text is typed out on the screen, and no computer in the world is that annoying. Even Windows.

11 Responses to “A&E violates Apple’s EULA”
  1. Swifty says:

    Maybe the propman realised that windows just didn’t have the capability of running the program without a little help from our favourite OS

  2. Chip says:

    Didja catch 24 last night? Chloe shows up at FBI office, “we have you set up in the conference room”, she goes in and two Apple monitors w/ bigass OSX “X’s” on screen. Product placement bonanza.

  3. I hear you on computers beeping on TV. Another pet peeve of min is how no matter how new and fancy a video game system is, on TV it always plays Pacman sounds.

  4. Dave-O says:

    @Chip, too bad. A show about torture (of viewers as well as terrorists) should obviously use Windows.

  5. iShervin says:

    that’s odd!
    the second one looks a bit like MacBook Pro 15″ but seems like its not!

  6. Greedo says:

    So, a Sony VAIO running OSX running Parallels in order to run a Windows media player.

  7. imajoebob says:

    Ex post facto product placement?

    The producer likely saved a grand for a prop and stuck his own computer in as a prop. The disk on the desktop probably holds the video we’re watching. The light reflecting on the screen means it couldn’t be anything but a MacBook. Then he called up Sony, got paid for Placement, and dropped in a digital image or shot the facing sequence – whichever is cheaper. The agreement only specified the VAIO logo (I assume), and I doubt MS agreed to pay for the same.

    “24” is big-time, so they probably got Apple to provide all the equipment, and maybe pay a fee, though providing all the scads of equipment they use is probably enough “in-kind” payment. Check out some old ER reruns. The monitors have Dell logos about 8-times normal size.

  8. WFT says:

    Its probably because he needed to know how to use it but got paid for product placement…

  9. Xav says:

    @ Vince: No no, even better are the “game design” commercials for certain “colleges.” They show two guys sitting in recliners with Playstation controllers and what appears to be a soundboard; they are apparently “programming.” Yeah, b/c that is exactly what its like.

    Speaking of ad placement, anyone watch the Office? Those HP logos are gigantic.

  10. Adrian says:


    HAA yah, House has very obvious Apple product placement as well, they’ve even written stuff into the script about apple products.

    24 has always been horrible for product placements, mostly for cars. Did you catch the commercial like shots of Chloe, her husband and her child in the Hyundai Genesis? The close up of the NAV screen with the huge Hyundai logo?


  11. Keith says:

    Most likely it’s just a Windoze PC with Window Shades and an OSX theme loaded to make it appear to be OSX. I had to do the same thing to my work PC to make it more usable to me.

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