Motorola: Most U.S. MSOs pursuing network DVR launches

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Following Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) lead, most U.S. cable MSOs will launch network-based DVRs within the next 18 to 24 months, according to top cable gear vendor Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI).

"By the end of 2012 we should see numerous trials and launches," Bob Scheffler, director of next-generation video solutions at Motorola Mobility, wrote in a post on the company's blog Thursday.

Cablevision began rolling out its network DVR product earlier this year, after winning a long legal battle that it waged against major TV networks and studios that argued that the network DVR violated copyright law. While Cablevision is charging the same monthly fees for its network DVR that it charges for physical DVRs, the company has said it will be able to reduce capital spending with the network-based approach.

Scheffler said Motorola has seen interest in network technology "spike" in discussions it has had with its cable MSO customers. He noted that Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) also said in June that it would begin testing a network DVR by early next year.

"If the timeline for network DVR rollouts is interesting, so, too is the reason why cable companies are moving in the direction of cloud-based television. It's not because they want to save on storage, but rather because they want an easier way to enable multi-device access," Scheffler wrote Thursday. "TV Everywhere initiatives marked the start of cable multi-screen delivery services, but the idea of giving consumers access to the content they record and not just content that's available online is much more compelling," he added.

For more:
- see Motorola blog post

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