Cablevision to appeal network TV recorder ruling

New York cable operator Cablevision is to appeal against a court ruling which last month halted the company's plans to offer a network-based digital TV recorder service.

Cablevision announced last year it aimed to offer subscribers a service which stores programmes on Cablevision's servers, and makes them available on-demand. By launching a network digital TV recorder service Cablevision would remove the need to provide subscribers with new set-top boxes.

But the move soon prompted legal action from US television broadcasters and Hollywood movie studios including Time Warner's CNN and Cartoon Network divisions, NBC Universal, CBS Paramount, Fox and ABC owner Walt Disney, who claimed the new digital TV recorder was in effect a video-on-demand (VOD) service, and by recording and storing programmes Cablevision was infringing copyright. Last month a judge ruled in favour of the media owners.

This week Cablevision said it would seek a review in the US Court of Appeals. "We continue to believe strongly that remote-storage DVR is permissible under current copyright law and offers significant benefits to consumers," said Cablevision CEO Tom Rutledge.

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