Friday, March 23, 2007

Cablevision's network DVR, round one

Last year, Cablevision announced its plan to roll out a service whereby recorded content would be stored on the company's servers, rather than on the hard drive included with the DVR-enabled cable box. This was met, as such announcements usually are these days, with a lawsuit by movie and television studios. Yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled in favor of the studios, holding that stored programs sent back to the subscriber's television would constitute an unauthorized retransmission. Cablevision is considering an appeal.

Note: this post originally referenced Comcast rather than Cablevision. Clearly, despite having my own DVR, I have still been brainwashed by endless repetition of "It's Comcastic!" ads such that I can't even imagine there's any other cable company out there.


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