Will the Hard Drive be a Thing of the Past for the DVR of the Future?
USATODAY.com – Cablevision tests ‘remote storage’ DVR use From USA Today: “In a move that could ignite a major debate about consumer “fair use” of TV programming, Cablevision Systems will unveil plans to test a service that gives cable subscribers the ability to record and time-shift shows using existing digital set-top boxes.
Although it works just like TiVo and other digital video recorders (DVRs) — consumers choose in advance which shows to capture and can fast-forward through ads — the recording itself will be stored at the cable system, not on a hard drive in the consumer’s home.”
It look like the thin client is about to get a whole lot thinner.
Will there be a day when you truly can have 5 terabytes of TV stored without having to buy 10 external hard drives? An interesting move on the part of Cablevision. Although I wonder about the economics of the experiment. You have to wonder if streaming TV back from a large remote server would be more cost effective than just building hard drives into the boxes. Then again, if more than one person could share the same show under a rights management package thing from the server, well… you never know. I mean, we don’t really need *all* of us to each have our own copy of The Sopranos in high def now do we?