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Cablevision Now Back to Supporting Aereo. Sort Of.
by Karl Bode 06:35PM Monday Oct 14 2013
You might recall that Cablevision faced a long and hard battle against broadcasters, who tried to keep the company's network DVR from consumers by claiming it violated copyright. Cablevision ultimately won that fight after the Supreme Court refused to hear their case, their network DVR recently going so far as to win an Emmy. Given Cablevision's struggles, it was ironic then to see the company give broadcasters legal help in a legal filing last year by agreeing that Aereo is violating copyright.

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Fast forward to last week, when broadcasters petitioned the Supreme Court to have Aereo shut down, in the process once again arguing that effectively everything from digital lockers to cloud DVRs violates broadcaster copyright.

Now that broadcasters have again turned their eye on to Cablevision's turf, the cable company is suddenly back to defending Aereo again, seemingly a bit oblivious that supporting all innovation more consistently could be good for the industry as a whole:
In a statement, Cablevision said the case that broadcasters including Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC are attempting to make against Aereo is a "willful attempt to stifle innovation...We are dismayed by the broadcasters' brazen attempt, in a case about Aereo, to go after the legal underpinning of all cloud-based services, everything from digital lockers to Cablevision's own RS-DVR service," Cablevision said in a statement.
Cablevision concluded their statement by insisting that if Aereo winds up being legally victorious, it would "serve broadcasters right."

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Hazelwood, MO

Well of course

Would anyone expect less from Cablevision?

Everything anyone else does that is innovative is wrong until it may impact them.

Fremont, OH
·AT&T U-Verse

Re: Well of course

This can help them in the long run. They can easily build it into their STBs and would save them $$$ and free up bandwidth on their system sine the locals would be running over their HSI product.

It would be interesting to see/learn more about Roku's plans on their vMSO that they spoke about earlier.


said by Skippy25:

Would anyone expect less from Cablevision?

Everything anyone else does that is innovative is wrong until it may impact them.

There is no right or wrong except as it affects Cablevision profits. Their legal team is there to maximize those profits. Looking for consistency of legal principles is a waste of time.


The enemy of your enemy

Cablevision isn't saddled with protecting a rights holders aging business model like Comcast NBC Universal and the ilk.

In business sometimes it pays to pit one against another 'fist full of dollars' style. And you know its free to gloat when you watch a competitor try to cram the genie back into the bottle.



aereo success = Cablevision loss

It's mind boggling that Cablevision doesn't get that aereo is an actual competitor, that (so far) has an unfair advantage in that they pay no re-broadcast fees.

Unfortunately. aereo's legal team has caught the broadcasters flat footed in the courts so far, handing them enough losses that the best recourse now is a concerted effort to get the re-broadcasting fee law changed.

Jim Kirk

aereo success = Comcast loss

Do your Comcast bosses pay you to post this drivel?

Fremont, OH

Re: aereo success = Comcast loss

So just because he posts something against Aereo he's works for Comcast? Isn't it time to grow up and stop accusing people of working for mega corps just because they don't agree with DSLR and the rest of them on here?
Space Elf
Mullica Hill, NJ

Re: aereo success = Cablevision loss

The thing to remember Cablevision's network DVR or as the adspeak people like to call it "Cloud DVR" Is legal under the same loophole as Aereo is. if the SCOTUS hears the case and closes that loophole that also means that CV can now be sued over Network DVR.

The Networks pretty much argue that Network DVR even if every customer has their own "partition" on the file server is no different than VOD which is a form of rebroadcasting.

funny thing is Cable companies do not broadcast really do they? They send nothing over the airwaves and its all with in their closed network.
[65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports

Brooklyn, NY
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS
That all depends on what the ultimate goal is... the content model is losing steam while the internet/ip model is taking off bigtime. Cablevision has an opportunity to compete effectively with FIOS and one day might leverage FTTP itself after docsis 3.1 is exhausted in obsolescence. Being a content company is going to be a profit drain and those companies who doubled down are going to feel the pinch as the music industry did in '99. Cablevision wants to be ahead of this curve instead of behind it pushing its customers to competitors.

What's needed now is susetting the franchise TAX on cable-tv bills and transitioning to IP set-top model. With the internet, there is no need to charge customers a fee to provide "PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNELS". Once a video web model takes off, there will be NO NEED of such content via a broadcast "CHANNEL". Video and voice will become on-demand value added to the internet access (with some lingering subscriptions for ultra premium content such as sports/ppv & live events/first run movies).

The transition to adding on streaming video to HDTVs via add-on boxes/htpc's or inclusive in SMART hdtv's is well underway. Platforms such as the ROKU, and software such as XBMC represent a shift in the way video will get to the screens. While it's still percolating below mainstream, this will reach a mainstream level in about the next 5 years. You can either prepare for that "DAY" or circle the wagons.

I doubt Comcast will be crushed by this, as they are too big a company to just up and fail, but they will be hurt if they make the wrong choices, while at the same time AT&T has an epiphany about the lackluster DSL and it's future.

Ai Otsukaholic
·Clear Wireless
·Cox HSI
·Verizon FiOS

EVERY cable operator except Comcast should be dumping money into this

If they could IPTV deliver OTA channels, think of how much $$$ that would save the MSOs (but of course none of it would actually make it to the customer's wallet). I would think the MSOs would all be jumping on the bandwagon, defending Aereo.
Nocchi rules.