This topic came up on the Family Origins mailing list.
Brodcast was not used for any version of Family Origins, nor does it appear to ever have been used with UFT.
It has nothing to do with your online accounts with any of our Web sites. Here is the description that I posted to the Family Origins mailing list.
============ Brodcast is a technology developed at Broderbund (hence the play on the word broadcast).
When you start most programs, the first thing you see is the "splash screen" which usually includes a logo and some version information.
The idea behind Brodcast was that the splash screen didn't have to be static and stay the same for the life of the program. It could be changed when there was some information that the company wanted to pass along to its customers. The availability of new versions or related products or services could be made known on the splash screen.
In order to do this, though, the company had to enable your program and had to know what program and version you had. Programs that included Brodcast and that had Brodcast enabled (for instance, in Family Tree Maker when the program installed, the customer is asked if they want to enable Brodcast and every time the program is started the customer can choose to enable to disable it) made an entry in the Windows registry. When an online connection was sensed, the DSSAgent (DSS stands for Dynamic Splash Screen), checked with a Broderbund server and asked if there were any new splash screens available. If so, they would be downloaded (the splash screen is simply a *.jpg image) and put into the appropriate program's directory.
While a few versions of Family Tree Maker did have Brodcast technology built in, we never used it to send any new splash screens to any Family Tree Maker customer. Additionally, the latest version of Family Tree Maker (which is 7.5) does not include Brodcast.