Cablevision Says: Let Us Be Your TiVo

from the might-make-some-a-bit-unhappy dept

For all the problems Cablevision has had in recent years with it's business, you have to give it at least some credit for trying to be a bit more innovative than many others in the cable space. While their satellite TV experiment was a complete disaster, the company recognized it was in a land grab for "triple play" users and actually was willing to set up a bundle that basically priced their VoIP offering at zero. It was also the one cable company to break ranks and say that a la carte cable sounded like a good idea. Finally, while it's been particularly nasty to the competition, Cablevision has also delivered much faster broadband speeds than just about any other cable provider (they were also one of the first cable companies to embrace their own broadband offerings). Well, now they're going out on a limb again, and are going to test a centralized DVR offering that works like a TiVo, but with all the storage being back at Cablevision. This isn't a new idea, of course. Time Warner had planned just such a system a few years ago... but it got neutered after many content partners freaked out. Of course, times have changed a bit, and perhaps TV execs may finally be realizing that giving people what they want is a good thing? Then again, perhaps not. The article covering the story expects many of the content firms to fight back against this device -- as if users don't already have plenty of options with similar functionality.
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    Dave, 27 Mar 2006 @ 1:16pm

    Host DVR

    I've believed for several years that the big win for the DVR space will be from the host. Why limit your viewable recorded choices to, well, what you've recorded. Instead, give me everything you got when I want it.

    The limitation to this concept has always been the business models in place. Which is what killed the Mystro project, mentioned in the article. Times are 'a changing and there's now $ to be had in timeshifting TV. As I see it, all media will eventially be available over a network for a price.

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