Cablevision Caves In, Postpones Network DVR

We mentioned earlier that Cablevision was in some legal trouble regarding its planned network DVR. If you don't remember, the network DVR differs from a regular DVR in that all of the content is stored on Cablevision's servers rather than a local hard drive while retaining all of the normal DVR features, such as pausing live TV and time shifting. Of course, Hollywood went crazy and started filing lawsuits left and right.

As a result, Cablevision said yesterday that it was halting the introduction of its network DVR, which was supposed to launch in the near future. It seems that the increasingly irrelevant "fair use" clause that Cablevision tried to invoke didn't help them out at all. The mighty hammer of Hollywood has stuck yet again. Honestly, though, are you even surprised?

Cablevision to Halt Video Recorder Test [AP/New York Times]