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Digital Video Recorders by Jimmy Schaeffler

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3 The Business of DVRs

The networks and the advertisers have to talk, because [the DVR] threatens both networks and advertisers, if they don’t.

—Brad Ancier, research consultant, Horizon Media, Inc.1

The industry still has a long ways to go, but as the DVR becomes an integral part of the digital home, I believe that the cable and satellite industries will abandon the monopolistic practices of the past and will end up benefitting more from the intense competition in the consumer electronics space.

—Davis Freeburg, “How TV Monopolies Benefit From DVR Industry Competition,” from Seeking Alpha, September 29, 2006

DVR makers, networks, copyright owners, and Congress will have to work together to find a mutually agreeable path on which to take ...

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