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June 12, 2006

Cablevision Suspends"Remote Access" DVR Test

Recently we told you about Cablevision's idea for "remote access" DVRs. While we like the idea, we knew there would be a lot of opposition from Hollywood. According to USAToday:

Cablevision Systems, a New York-area cable TV provider, on Thursday said it would suspend a test of a new video recording service pending the result of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by several entertainment companies. Cablevision, the nation's sixth-largest cable provider, had planned to begin testing a new service this month that would allow viewers to record and play back TV shows much in the same way people use digital video recorders, or DVRs.

But instead of having to install a TiVo-like set-top box in each home, Cablevision's new service would have allowed anyone with digital cable to record and play back shows, with the programs being stored at the cable system's hubs instead.

So, what happened? Clearly Cablevision was too optimistic and actually a little arrogant to announce the "remote access" concept without trying to get a few network allies on their side first.

Oh well! We still think the "remote access" DVR concept is a great idea and we'll keep our fingers crossed that Cablevision and Hollywood can play nice.


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Posted by William Hungerford at June 12, 2006 10:58 AM

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