Supreme Court backs NDVR
July 3, 2009
U.S. Supreme Court handed Cablevision a victory in its remote storage DVR fight when as expected, it refused to hear arguments in the case, instead deferring to a lower court’s decision that the DVR service does not leave cable providers liable for content owners’ copyrights. Cablevision called the decision, which paves the way for a rollout of its remote storage DVR service later this summer, a tremendous victory, adding that it recognizes the concerns the technology has raised among programmers. “We believe there are ways to take this victory and work with programmers to give our customers what they want — full DVR functionality through existing digital set-top boxes — and at the same time deliver real benefits to advertisers,” said Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge in a statement.