On Monday, Cablevision won a key legal victory as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that blocked Cablevision’s introduction of a network digital video recorder (DVR) that would enable subscribers to store programs on cable company servers. According to one analyst, Monday’s decision could open the door “to a massive increase in the penetration of DVR capabilities” that, in turn, could spur competitive opportunities for cable operators nationwide. Because Cablevision’s network DVR allows for the remote storage of programs by the cable company, the major broadcast networks and the Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Disney and Paramount film studios argued that Cablevision’s technology would facilitate retransmission of broadcast programming in violation of copyright law. (In contrast to Cablevision’s network DVR, standard DVR boxes contain individual hard drives on which recorded programs are stored.) Last year, a New York district court agreed with the broadcasters’ claims and issued an injunction that prohibited Cablevision from introducing the network DVR system. In an order issued on Monday, however, the Second Circuit remanded the lower court ruling and lifted the injunction upon finding that the service offered by Cablevision is identical to what is provided to subscribers via standard DVR set-top boxes. As such, the court concluded that, “Cablevision’s proposed DVR system would not directly infringe plaintiffs’ exclusive right to reproduce and publicly perform their copyrighted works.” In comments to the press, Cablevision praised the ruling as “a tremendous victory for consumers, which will allow us to make DVRs available to many more people, faster and less expensively, than would otherwise be possible.”