Cablevision RS-DVR case still in court's hands

Wed, 02/28/2007 - 6:50am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

The outcome of a case centering on Cablevision Systems Corp.'s Remote Storage-Digital Video Recorder (RS-DVR) remains in the hands of the court.

Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge, speaking Tuesday during an earnings call with reporters and analysts, said the status of the case has not changed since the company's previous earnings call.

"The case has been heard and we are awaiting a ruling," Rutledge said, responding to an analyst's question on the progress of the MSO's RS-DVR initiative.

Last June, Cablevision agreed to postpone the launch of its RS-DVR service until a programmer- and studio-led lawsuit against the MSO is resolved.

Cablevision has argued that its RS-DVR concept - whereby consumers would be given access to a fixed amount of storage on network servers and set recordings manually - is protected under "fair use" rulings stemming from the 1984 Sony Betamax case, because its network-based approach is identical to traditional set-top based DVRs.

A raft of programmers and studios, including Paramount Pictures, Disney Enterprises, and 20th Century Fox, are alleging that Cablevision's RS-DVR platform would violate copyright laws.


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