If Network DVR Prevails, Would Set-Top DVRs Die Off?


Washington — What happens if Cablevision wins its case before the Supreme Court, and a network DVR is ruled good to go?

Jim Chiddix, moderating the panel “Cable Technology and the Platform for Change” at the Cable Show ‘09, posed the question to several top cable operator execs, asking, “If Jim [Blackley from Cablevision] prevails at the Supreme Court, will you call up your set-top provider the next day and cancel your orders for DVRs?”

No one in the group wanted to bite.

“Mike?” Chiddix asked, attempting to elicit a comment from Time Warner Cable CTO Mike LaJoie.

LaJoie responded: “You must mean Mike Lee.”

Mike Lee, Rogers Communications chief strategy officer, paused then said: “I agree with Mike.”

Added Comcast CTO Tony Werner: “Ditto.”