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Cablevision: Heck Yeah, We’re Doing Network DVRs

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Cablevision, which recently claimed a legal victory when a court ruled that its network DVR does not infringe on copyright, says it will be taking the service to market “early next year,” reports Light Reading. Speaking at a Merrill Lynch Conference in Marina Del Ray, Calif., Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge said the company would roll out network (or “remote storage”) DVRs:

“…on our campus next week…We have advised all the copyright holders that we are going to do it. We’ll be doing a real consumer trial in the relatively near future.”

Pricing and packaging have yet to be laid out, but Rutledge says the network DVR would cost the cable company $100 less per customer than supplying each one with their own box.

Some people aren’t fans of the network DVR and the idea of giving up control, but we don’t think it’s such a dumb idea. Storage wouldn’t be limited to what could fit an individual box (sorry, TiVo and your huge new XL), you could access content from any room in the house, and my wife would throw up her arms and cheer as we tossed the hulking silver monstrosity currently sitting under our TV.

Of course, the previous court decision could be appealed and taken to the Supreme Court, but until then, kudos to Cablevision for forging ahead.

6 Responses to “Cablevision: Heck Yeah, We’re Doing Network DVRs”

  1. Any recent news about Cablevision’s network DVR? Has Dept. of Justice ruled on it? Also, I just read that Cablevision in Bermuda (not related) is using Scientific Atlanta’s new machine for multi-room DVR – I know FiOS offers this and would love if CV would offer.

  2. well now cabel vision, and verizon are having huge competition for tipple package including FREE HD channels from FiOS. well hope everone is aware of feb 17th all tv will be going digital. so if still have old tv, then it’s time to upgrade your tv. sugget buy new hd tv or get converter box from cable vision, or verizon with their package or buy the converter box from online. if you want the converter check out this site…

  3. William Maggos

    Jon – just drop the cable companies.

    once we all have an Apple TV like box, the networks should just stream over the internet like CERN did (meaning in an application agnostic way) and video podcast their episodic content. but for that to really work, we need to move from podcast to bittorrent RSS like Miro is pushing and the livingroom box needs to support streaming video in a lean-back interface.

    we are not close to this yet, but if this setup was as ubiquitous as cable is now, it would be a great day in the level of independence for producers and choice for consumers.

  4. It is easily within a cable company’s ability to build a DVR that records every show on every channel “just in case you missed it”. This would effectively convert all of TV to on-demand. Drop the existing TV channels from cable and convert that bandwidth to IP. Serve the on-demand TV over IP. It’s inevitable that this will happen. We just have to get rid of a bunch of lawyers first.

    A TV channel is just a play list that you don’t control.

  5. Well, there is one problem to giving Cablevision even more control. A few months ago, I was in a battle with the company over a payment I knew I’d made but they didn’t have in their records. While I was away for the day, they cut off my service and it took nearly 15 hours to get it restored. Meantime, I could use the DVR because the recordings were in my house. If they weren’t, and they were stored elsewhere, you can bet I wouldn’t have had access. And how much information do you want Cablevision to have about what you’re doing?