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TiVo sues Samsung over patent infringement

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Sep 2015 22:09 User comments (6)

TiVo sues Samsung over patent infringement Popular DVR maker TiVo has sued Samsung over patent infringement this week, claiming that Samsung's own DVRs violate four specific TiVo patents.
The move is unsurprising as TiVo has a long history of suing over its DVR patents. In the past decade the company has racked up $1.6 billion in settlements from companies like Dish, AT&T, Motorola and Cisco.

"Today's action should help address one of the questions regarding the value, breadth and applicability of TiVo's IP portfolio," said TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers in a statement.

TiVo also made it clear that the lawsuit is to protect their future value: "This morning we filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas. Our complaint asserts four patents, including the '389 Time Warp patent and the '195 Trick Play patent, both of which we have litigated before. Our complaint also asserts two patents that are related to the '389 patent but have expiration dates further into the future. Today's action should help address one of the questions regarding the value, breadth, and applicability of TiVo's IP portfolio post the 2018 expiration of the '389 patent."

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6 user comments

110.9.2015 22:37

Good for them. They might be trolling but they did essentially invent the DVR and to this day, it's by FAR the absolute best, most intuitive, most user-friendly as well as fun and convenient DVR out there.

Too bad it's not worth the money to use theirs as every company has their own DVR, rendering TIVO rather useless since you can't use it to actually REPLACE an existing DVR from the cable company. Having a Tivo would mean you wasted hundreds if not a quick 1K on equipment that HOOKS TO YOUR EXISTING CABLE COMPANY-ISSUED DVR.

Only for the rich and wasteful.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Sep 2015 @ 22:38

211.9.2015 14:28

Tivo has been long done ! The only way they can make any money is suing other companies ! I wish they would go away ! Their settlements only make you pay more for the DVR you presently use.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Sep 2015 @ 14:29

311.9.2015 16:45

well for one thing if those are theior patents and if and or they came up with them.they have a right to sue.however i wish thate these comnpines woul try to nigotate a setlment before suing compins. they could talk to them first.

413.9.2015 18:56

Really? Are you sure one cannot replace cable company equipment with a TiVo?

Thanks for that tip...I'll go tell my TiVo Series3 that it hasn't been capable of being DVR/cable box.

I bet it didn't know it wasn't capable of doing what it's done night and day for years. Do I have to "unwatch" all that content, too?

513.9.2015 19:31

Virgin now licence and use a Cisco Cable box with Tivo OS onboard.
It is anything but perfect - those long pauses and delays and quite a few things that are missing but present on other DVR's - you would think that Youview would have taken all the best bits and incorporated them - but no - none of the boxes I have are perfect - from the Skybox F3 , Virgin Tivo , Sky box or Talktalk Youview box.

Another greedy company that has had its day trying to screw just that little bit more blood out of a stone!

615.9.2015 0:22

Originally posted by joelbav:
Really? Are you sure one cannot replace cable company equipment with a TiVo?

Thanks for that tip...I'll go tell my TiVo Series3 that it hasn't been capable of being DVR/cable box.

I bet it didn't know it wasn't capable of doing what it's done night and day for years. Do I have to "unwatch" all that content, too?


Rather than rant on being the smartass you are...NEWB...present details that counter my statement!

Other than cable cards, which many providers don't offer such as ATT Uverse, YOU CAN NOT USE TIVO SOLELY BY ITSELF. And since many don't deal in cable cards, I rule that out so PIPE DOWN.

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