Surprise: Networks Don't Like Cablevision's DVR Plans

from the didn't-see-that-one-coming dept

Cablevision detailed its plans last month to set up a network-based DVR service that would essentially work like a giant video-on-demand system. Cablevision would store everything, and users would just call up the shows they want to watch. It took a little while, but networks' reaction was inevitable: they don't really like it, just like they didn't like a similar earlier effort from Time Warner and got it neutered. It's pretty mind-blowing that like many other entertainment businesses, cable networks can't understand that it's in their best interest to support innovations and services that make their content more accessible and more useful to their audience. One network head says "the lawyers at all of our companies are looking at it and trying to figure out a strategy". But instead of having lawyers lead the company and figure out ways to stymie viewers, why not work with the cable companies to figure out a way to benefit and thrive from the new system? Is that just too much work?

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    Denny Love, 10 Apr 2006 @ 12:44pm

    Me Too

    I have a TiVo and I record every new episode of various shows on TV. I cant live without it! I will never go back to plain old TV. Ontop of that, I rarely watch TV shows when they are scheduled to air. I just get busy or have something I need to do. This would be a huge success for the networks if they weren't such idiots. I'm not going to revolve my time around my TV show... my TV show needs to revolve around my time! - thank you Tivo

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