Cablevision’s Network DVR Nets a Tech Emmy

Cablevision Systems’ handiwork for its pioneering cloud DVR service is getting recognized in the form of an Emmy for Technology and Engineering by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The MSO is being recognized for its “pioneering work in implementation and deployment of network DVR.”

Cablevision launched the service, originally called DVR Plus, in January 2011 in the Bronx, offering 100 hours of standard-definition video storage or 25 hours of HD video storage for $10.95 per month. Last month, the company introduced an updated, rebranded version of the service, now called Multi-Room DVR from Optimum, that bumps storage up to 75 hours of HD or over 300 hours of SD, plus the ability to record 10 programs at once for $12.95 per month. The service is now offered to the vast majority of Cablevision’s footprint, and has attracted more than 300,000 customers so far.

The award will be presented at a banquet taking place at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

“Cablevision has a long history of innovation and technology leadership, which has shaped the company and its relationship with our customers in the most competitive market for television, voice and data services in the country,” said Yvette Kanouff, Cablevision’s executive vice president of corporate engineering and technology, in a statement. “Acknowledgement of the company’s pioneering efforts for network DVR by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is extremely rewarding and validates our vision for what the best consumer DVR service can be. Multi-Room DVR is a prime example of how technology developed and deployed by a sophisticated team in an unsurpassed service organization, can fundamentally change the way people watch television.”

“The National Academy’s Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee is pleased to honor Cablevision for its innovation and vision for pioneering work in the implementation and deployment of network DVR. This innovation has materially affected the way audiences watch television and has set the standard for technological excellence in the industry,” said committee chairman and VP of CBS engineering and advanced technology Robert P. Seidel, in a statement.