Television broadcasters, film producers and video providers lost a last ditch effort to curb the growth of DVR usage today when the Supreme Court rejected their appeal on a case that alleged that Cablevision’s remote network-DVR technology violates copyright law.
Cablevision announced plans in 2006 to offer a network-based DVR
system called Remote Storage Digital Video Recorder (RS-DVR) that would
let subscribers store TV programs on the cable operator’s
computer servers and then play them back at will, thereby eliminating
the need for a set top box.
Content creators have alleged that Cablevision’s storage of the
video information online violates their ownership, but it’s not much
different from a standard DVR service, except for where the files are
And the decision today will lead to a much quicker blead of advertising dollars, highlighting the fact that network television has still not found a feasible ad solution to DVR fastforwarding.