There’s an important distinction between the Hopper With Sling and TiVo’s Roamio DVR, however, that could change the network’s legal calculus on how to respond.
It’s increasingly possible for consumers to cobble together the means to do much of what the Verizon-Comcast joint venture was said to be working on for themselves, using off-the-shelf hardware and software.
Binge viewing via DVR is another example of how consumers are increasingly able to piece together their own a la carte, on-demand, TV Everywhere experience using commercially available technology that is pushing — so far successfully — at the legal limits of permissible fair use.
Nobody brings a lawsuit expecting to lose, of course, but the net result of the networks’ repeated legal defeats against Dish, Aereo, Cablevision and other service providers is to put in place a growing body of case law expanding consumers’ rights to time-shift, place-shift and format-shift TV content.
The power of network owners to bundle channels together — to force pay-TV operators as well as subscribers to buy programming as a package — is at the heart of the current TV ecosystem. If it’s being lost today, it’s not because people are cutting the cord but because viewers are shifting their habits, and because new entrants are competing more effectively both for viewers and for advertising dollars.
Despite growing competition from ReadItLater, which just raised $2.5 million, VC-backed Scribd and Apple, Instapaper’s Marco Arment is sticking to his now outside funding stance. He said even with the added company, he can make Instapaper work by focusing on his niche and executing.
Remember how you thought everyone should have a DVR the first time you used one? Well, your dream may almost have come true: Six out of ten TV viewers now use a digital video recorder for time shifting, according to a new survey commissioned by Comcast.
I admit that I may be painting myself as a bit of an odd duck here, but I’m the type of person who purposely avoids taking transit during peak hours, going grocery shopping when most others do, hitting the gym during busy times and just generally avoiding rush hours, crowds and mobs. So much so that my entire schedule, including holidays, is designed around the idea.
The notion may seem anti-social, but in fact I think it has more to do with an evolutionary principle. If I seek out things that I need or run errands when there are less people about, there will be less competition for available resources, and I won’t be nearly as stressed out as I might otherwise be. Obviously, because of work schedules not everyone has the ability to do this, but it’s one of the major advantages of working from home.
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