[mythtv-users] TiVo's Future May Hinge on Patent Case
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Apr 6 01:43:59 UTC 2006
On 04/05/2006 09:12 PM, Marco Nelissen wrote:
>>On 04/05/2006 02:36 PM, Wylie Swanson wrote:
>>>Terence Clark, national co-chair of the intellectual property practice
>>>at Greenberg Traurig in Los Angeles, agrees.
>>>"TiVo put a lot of time and effort into DVRs. You'd like to see those
>>>kinds of companies succeed," he said. "And the industry succeeds when
>>>the system works. A TiVo win would be an example of the system
>>Hmmm. So that means that the system (which system are we talking about
>>here, anyway? Free market? Capitalism? Somthing else?) works when TiVo
>>is able to force my satellite/TV company to stop providing a DVR for
>>$6/mo and force me to do without or pay $13/mo for a TiVo? Guess that
>>means the system falls into the "something else" category...
>Read the article. It says Tivo doesn't want an injuction, they want
>to turn Echostar into a customer.
I did read it, but I don't believe a thing I read in the media
(especially US media) about a company's intentions.
> That doesn't mean they want you to
>do without a DVR, nor does it mean you'd necessarily have to pay $13/mo
>for one (DirectTV charges $4.99/mo for tivo).
Heh. DirecTV is now pushing their in-house-developed PVR instead of the
DirecTiVo's. And, as TiVo is getting rid of their lifetime
subscriptions to push TiVo customers to the full $13/mo thing, I can
really imagine TiVo--especially if they win the case--renegotiating
DirecTV's contract upon expiration...
> It just means that your
>cable/satellite company needs to pay tivo.
Regardless, I doubt any cable/satellite company would find it
appropriate to take TiVo's fee out of the $6 they've been charging
instead of charging extra for the "TiVo-licensed" same thing you've been
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