Remote DVR System Approved
In 2006, Cablevision Systems announced plans for a DVR system with remote storage, thus eliminating the need for customers to physically have a DVR box in their home. A lower court ruled in favor of a group of Hollywood studios that Cablevision would be making copies of programs instead of customers, thus violating copyright laws. Cablevision appealed the decision and today the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned the decision. Craig Moffett, a senior cable analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, says that he expects the Hollywood studios to appeal the decision and for the case to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nevertheless, he stated that the ruling is a huge victory for consumers and cable service companies alike, effectively making DVR functionality available to almost half of U.S. households, compared to 25% currently. I've only had my DVR for about six months now, but I'm already addicted. I'm really curious to see if this materializes, and if so, what kind of restrictions will be in place, if any. I can only record two shows at once...with cablevision doing the recording, that may mean customers can record an unlimited amount of shows at one time, which may not sound necessary, but is still nonetheless cool.