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TiVo has filed lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon over DVR patent infringements. From TiVo’s earnings press release: Additionally, today we filed complaints in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for infringement of three TiVo patents, including […]

TiVo has filed lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon over DVR patent infringements. From TiVo’s earnings press release:

Additionally, today we filed complaints in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for infringement of three TiVo patents, including the Time Warp patent. The complaints seek damages for past infringement and a permanent injunction, similar to the one issued by the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against DISH/EchoStar. “We will continue to pursue enforcement where necessary to stop infringement of our intellectual property,” [TiVo CEO Tom] Rogers stated.

The patents in question deal with a “Multimedia Time Warping System,” a “System for Time Shifting Multimedia Content Streams,” and an “Automatic Playback Overshoot Correction System,” according to Multichannel News. During TiVo’s earnings call, Rogers said the DVR maker had tried to reach commercial deals with the telcos similar to what it has with cable companies like Comcast and Cox, but was unsuccessful.

TiVo had won an initial $105 million ruling against satellite TV provider DISH/EchoStar over similar infringement complaints. That case continues with legal maneuverings and took a potentially interesting turn earlier this month when the Patent and Trademark Office rejected two of TiVo’s “Time Warp” patent claims in a preliminary review.

Separately, TiVo’s earnings release revealed that its number of total cumulative subscriptions dropped to 3 million, down from 3.6 million during the same quarter last year.

  1. Smells like NTP all over again.

  2. TiVo loses another 146K subscribers; files patent infringement suits against AT&T and Verizon – TV Ratings, Nielsen Ratings, Television Show Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.com Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    [...] Now it seems that if you’re a distributor of DVRs, you will be sued unless you have either partnered with or invested in TiVo and TV has filed patent infringement suits against Verizon and AT&T. [...]

  3. OK, I’ve gotten my post up. What makes this unique from DSH is that both AT&T and Verizon license tech from others. U-Verse is mostly a Microsoft software platform… will be interesting to see how it plays out. More details here and the PACER docs:

    http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2009-08/tivo-loses-more-customers-sues-att-verizon/

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    [...] out, and several news items back that up.  Yesterday it emerged that AT&T and Verizon  are fighting a patent lawsuit filed by TiVo which is trying to defend and license its digital video recorder time-shifting technologies. Do [...]

  6. Why TiVo Is Struggling While Netflix Is Thriving Saturday, August 29, 2009

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    [...] Microsoft’s lawsuit is widely seen as a move to defend AT&T in a related lawsuit filed by TiVo last August when it sued the telco as well as Verizon in an attempt to force them to license its DVR [...]

  10. TiVo Gets Another Favorable Ruling Against Dish, EchoStar Thursday, March 4, 2010

    [...] continued its legal assault on operators that it believes infringe on its intellectual property, suing AT&T and Verizon not long after its win against Dish and Echostar. Even so, the company has had a hard time [...]

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