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Cablevision Rolls Out Network DVR

  • Reuters, Friday, February 26, 2010 12:08 AM
Cablevision Systems Corp plans to roll out its controversial remote storage digital video recorder in April, doing away with the need to buy and install DVR boxes in subscribers' homes. The RS-DVR technology enables subscribers to store TV programs on the cable operator's computer servers, then play back at will. When plans for the network-based DVR were first announced in 2006, several major program owners sued the cable operator claiming it was illegal.

Cablevision won the case on appeal and last June the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a counter appeal by the film studios and television networks, opening the way for the DVR to be launched. Investors believe such systems could save cable companies significant amounts of money on buying DVR boxes, as well as the cost of installation. Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable said they would launch similar systems over time, once the RS-DVRs were deemed legal.



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