Is Cablevision planning summer RS-DVR launch?

A Sanford Bernstein analyst report this week said that Cablevision Systems could launch its long-awaited, much-debated (in court) Remote Storage-DVR service as early as this summer. Still, cable TV and telco TV market watchers have been hearing similar chatter since last fall, when it seemed like Cablevision might launch the RS-DVR service early this year.

The company won a key court victory last year that appeared to pave the way for a re-boot of Cablevision's earlier work on the service, also often referred to as a network DVR. Cablevision has been sued by--and lost an earlier court ruling to--content companies looking to block its RS-DVR hopes. The Supreme Court may still yet weigh in on the matter. The Sanford Bernstein report suggested that Cablevision ultimately may strike new usage agreements with the content firms.

If the service launches this summer, look for a flurry of similar plans from other service providers to quickly fall into place. Some service providers have been watching and waiting to find out the result of Cablevision's court battle before pursuing their own network DVR efforts, though the launch of a commercial service might be enough to bring them into the game.

For more:
- Multichannel News has this report

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