Is a networked storage device an actual storage device? Does it still count as “your” storage if there isn’t a physical box in your home?
These are the questions that may be decided — at least for the DVR — by the suits and countersuits surrounding Cablevision’s decision to create a network DVR. This functionality will allow users to record and save programs on their servers, as opposed to the current model of storing the programs on various TiVo-ish devices.
A veritible who’s who of heavyweight content providers are up in arms — they feel that the simple fact that there is no physical box for file storage means that this service is akin to “Video on Demand,” and therefore violates their sacrosanct copyrights.