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Time Warner Cable Network PVR

According to a commentary by In-Stat -- "In the small, but growing, world of time shifted television, there are really only two technologies that count: Personal Video Recorder (PVR) service and Video-on-Demand (VOD). Now there may actually be a third.

Last week, Time Warner Cable announced that it was going to activate its network PVR (nPVR) service before the end of this year. Called �Start Over,� the service will allow digital cable TV subscribers to back up to the start of a program that is already in progress. This is accomplished by recording and storing the programming at a cable head-end, an architecture and storage model that�s very similar to VOD.

Just imagine missing the first thirty minutes of a favorite show, but then using your remote control to zip back to the beginning of the show � without pre-recording any of the programming. However, there is one dose of reality: cable subscribers using Start Over will not be able to fast-forward through commercials, something that will certainly be popular with Madison Avenue.

Time Warner Cable has chosen the town of Irmo, South Carolina as its nPVR test bed.

In addition to developing the technology of the Start Over system, Time Warner Cable has also had to obtain the programming rights for the service. For the initial launch, which reportedly will put the new service in front of about 10,000 customers, the operator will Start Over-enable programming from 60 networks."

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