Cable Broadcaster Fights DVR Ruling

11 April 2007

NEW YORK: Cablevision Systems Corporation is to appeal last month's federal court ruling which halted its efforts to roll-out a DVR service to its customers.

The cable TV broadcaster, which operates within in the New York area, will contest the blocking of its plan to allow subscribers with a digital cable box to store and watch shows on its remote servers.

A consortium of Hollywood studios had successfully argued that this would effectively enable Cablevision to broadcast extra showings of their programs without permission, thereby breaching copyright law.

Cablevision's stance is that the consumer effectively controls when programs are recorded and watched, thereby complying with with copyright regulations.

The case will now be heard by the United States Court of Appeals, its vedict awaited not only by Cablevision but also by by other cable companies, eager to expand their digital recording offerings.

Data sourced from New York Times; additional content by WARC staff