Cloud DVR: The New Face of TV

New cloud DVR (also known as nDVR) offerings have the potential to fundamentally change the pay-TV experience. With innovations in personalization and delivery to multiple screens, operators are experimenting with new services, offerings, and business models. This report examines cloud DVR technologies, issues with implementation, and how the cloud-based DVR may change the connected home and the face of TV. The report also provides case studies of innovators.

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1.0 Time Shifting and Television

2.0 Cloud DVR Services

2.1 Catch-up TV, On-Demand, and Cloud DVR

2.2 Market Drivers and Challenges

2.3 Consumer Demand for Cloud DVR Service Features

2.4 Services Offered

3.0 Content Rights and the Cloud DVR

3.1 Rights and Protections for Recorded Content

3.2 Cloud DVR Content Rights

3.2.1 Global Trends

3.2.2 Legal Standing of cloud DVR in the U.S. – Cablevision

3.2.3 Legal Standing of Cloud DVR in the U.S. – Aereo

3.3 The Future of Cloud DVR Licensing

4.0 Cloud DVR Technologies

4.1 Virtualizing the DVR

4.2 Storage

4.3 Scheduling and User Interface

4.4 Multiscreen Capabilities

4.5 Selected Solution Vendors

5.0 Monetization and Cloud DVR

6.0 Global Forecast

6.1 Methodology and Assumptions

6.2 Forecast of Cloud DVR Subscribers

7.0 Implications and Recommendations

8.0 Notes on Methodology

8.1 Data Sources



DVR Adoption and Ownership
Comparison of Catch-up TV, Video-on-Demand, and Cloud DVR
Appeal of Catch-Up / Cloud DVR Features
Appeal of Catch-Up / Cloud DVR Features by Age
Appeal of Catch-Up / Cloud DVR Features: Existing Subscribers vs. Others
Operators and Video Services Offering Cloud DVR
Alternative Cloud DVR Services
Comparison of Components in CPE- and Cloud-based DVR Systems
Optimal Location of Stored Content (Shared Copy)
Examples of Cloud DVR Solutions
Cloud DVR Subscriber Forecast Methodology
Global Forecast of Cloud DVR Subscribers by Region (2013-2018)

Publish Date: 3Q 2014

Pages: 54

Authored By:
Brett Sappington - Senior Director of Research
Glenn Hower - Senior Analyst
Ruby-Ren Bond - Research Analyst

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