On Tuesday, Cablevision asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a district court ruling that barred Cablevision from launching a remote digital video recorder (DVR) service that stores television programs on the company’s computer servers instead of on set-top DVRs in subscribers’ homes. At the urging of the NBC, ABC and CBS broadcast networks and film studios that include Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Paramount and Disney, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the deployment of Cablevision’s network DVR product, dubbed “RS-DVR,” would violate copyright laws. Although Cablevision believes that its remote storage DVR “is the same as conventional DVRs and merely enables customers to exercise their wellestablished rights to time-shift television programming,” the district court agreed with the petitioners’ claim that, by storing recorded programs remotely on its own servers, Cablevision would be operating a video-on-demand service that involves the rebroadcast of copyrighted programming. The March 22 decision is viewed as a setback not only to Cablevision but also to other cable operators that had been hoping to launch network DVRs as a costeffective alternative to traditional DVR services. Proclaiming that RS-DVR “offers significant benefits to consumers, including lower costs and faster deployment of this popular technology to our digital cable customers,” Cablevision CEO Tom Rutledge, in a statement on his company’s appeals court petition, asserted: “we continue to believe strongly that remote-storage DVR is permissible under current copyright law.”