U.S. cable co. wins TV rights.


n August, the U.S. Court of Appeals made it possible for cable operators to offer customers the option of recording shows to watch whenever they want--without buying a DVR.

The judging panel overturned a district court decision that prohibited Long Island, New York-based Cablevision from debuting what it's calling a remote-storage DVR (RS-DVR). The panel agreed with Cablevision execs, who maintained that the system, which would store TV programs on a central server instead of the hard drive inside the set-top box, is the same thing as a DVR, and wouldn't infringe on the copyrights of program producers.

The judgment shot down an argument by Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting, which said that...

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