The US Solicitor General Elena Kagan has sided with Cablevision in the cable operator’s long-running dispute with several programme-makers over the roll-out of its network-based video recorder. Kagan denied plaintiffs including News Corp, CBS Corp and Walt Disney Co, their petition for a Supreme Court hearing.
The media companies have argued that Cablevision’s proposed service would infringe the copyrights of the movies and television programmes they produce.
Cablevision is already making plans to move ahead with a summer trial of the so-called remote-storage DVRs. The cable company is keen on launching the new service which it believes could eventually save it millions of dollars required to buy and install thousands of physical DVR boxes for customers every year.