Bid for RS-DVR Supreme Court review fails

The legal path looks to be clear for now for Cablevision Systems' Remote Storage-DVR service, as the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by several content companies to review the long-contested case challenging the service's use storage of copyrighted content. The refusal came after the the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this month recommended that the Supremes decline to hear the case, so the final decision was not a complete surprise.

The legal victory not only frees Cablevision to launch its RS-DVR service, which a Sanford Bernstein report speculated could happen this summer, but also opens the door for other service providers, including telcos, who had been waiting for a legal resolution before considering their own network-based DVR services.

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- The Wall Street Journal has this story

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