Despite threats from programmers that network DVRs violate their copyrights, Cablevision plans to begin offering its Remote Storage-DVR this summer. According to programmers the technology essentially turns their content into VOD offerings, diminishing the value of linear programming and the advertising that goes with it. What’s more, the simplicity of the network DVR will just convince more people to use them, and many programmers don’t want that either.
The Cablevision move comes after a U.S. appeals court last year overturned a lower court’s 2006 decision that would have blocked network DVR rollouts at the request of ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and others. Some expect this issue to eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.