NEW YORK - Cablevision, on Wednesday filed a counter-suit against Hollywood studios and other cable and network TV groups that are trying to block its launch of a set-top box which enables remote storage of program content [WAMN: 31-May-06].

The 18-page document was filed with the US District Court in Manhattan ahead of the first meeting of the parties before a judge that same afternoon. The face-off (with CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN, among others) was held to determine a timeframe for the lawsuit.

The key premise of Cablevision's filing is that "the technology used by consumers use to time-shift TV programming has progressed [from the Betamax to the VCR and now the DVR], but the principle that time-shifting is fair use has remained settled law."