DVRs and Copyright

CNN, Cartoon Network sue Cablevision over DVR plan

Cablevision said when it announced plans to launch the service that the service would do away with the need for personal DVR boxes such as made by the likes of TiVo Inc. or Cisco Systems Inc. Scientific Atlanta.

But the networks say that because the proposed service allows subscribers to store television programs on the cable operator’s own computer servers, it would be breaking copyright agreements by effectively re-transmitting the programs.

Another Time Warner unit, Time Warner Cable, has been supportive of network DVRs in principle if proved legal.