Hollywood studios and television networks have lost a Supreme Court bid to block the use of a
new digital video recorder system that could make it cheaper and easier for viewers to record shows and watch them when they want, without commercials.
The justices, in an order Monday, say they will not disturb a federal appeals court ruling that Cablevision Systems Corp.'s remote-storage DVR does not violate copyright laws.
For consumers, the action means that Cablevision and perhaps other cable system operators soon will be able to offer DVR service without need for a box in their homes.
The remote storage unit exists on computer servers maintained by a cable provider.