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From: Glenn Petersen6/3/2009 1:22:30 AM
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A big win for TiVo:

Court Awards TiVo $190 Million in EchoStar Patent Case

Published: June 2, 2009
Filed at 6:42 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas awarded set-top box maker TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) Inc <TIVO.O> about $190 million in damages on Tuesday in a long-running patent infringement dispute with DISH Network Corp and EchoStar Corp .

U.S. District Judge David Folsom also ordered EchoStar to disable an infringing function on all but about 193,000 digital video recorders placed with subscribers.

Folson also found that EchoStar violated an injunction he put in place after a Texas jury found the company infringed TiVo's patent with several digital video recorder models by implementing new "workaround" technology that TiVo claimed still infringed.

The court set a June 26 hearing on potential sanctions against EchoStar.

In his final order, Folsom ruled that TiVo should recover from EchoStar $73.9 million plus $15.7 million in interest on the patent infringement claims, plus $103.1 million in damages plus interest accrued during the stay of the injunction.

EchoStar also was ordered to inform the court before it attempts to implement another "design-around" of the patent it infringed.

In a statement, TiVo said it was "extremely gratified by the Court's well reasoned and thorough decision, in which it rejected EchoStar's attempted workaround claim regarding the TiVo patent, found EchoStar to be in contempt of court and ordered the permanent injunction fully enforced."

DISH and EchoStar will appeal the court's decision and file a motion to stay the order with a federal appeals court, the companies said in a statement.

DISH was formerly known as EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) It spun off its technology assets over a year ago, including its set-top box division, to create EchoStar Corp.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (2045)6/4/2009 9:14:35 AM
From: Road Walker
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EchoStar says appeals court stays ruling on DVR workaround

Less than 24 hours after a federal judge found EchoStar in contempt in its long-running patent dispute with TiVo, another judge issued a temporary stay Wednesday, according to EchoStar.

"We are pleased that the Federal Appeals Court in Washington temporarily stayed the district court's order in the TiVo litigation. Dish Network customers can continue using their DVRs. We believe that we have strong grounds for appeal," the company said in a statement.

The temporary stay drags out even further a legal contest that is now five years old. It seemed like it had come close to reaching its conclusion on Tuesday evening when U.S. District Judge David Folsom found EchoStar, which is now part of Dish Network, in contempt of court for violating a permanent injunction by reprogramming millions of DVRs with a new "workaround." He then ordered EchoStar to pay $103 million to TiVo.

"The harm caused to TiVo by EchoStar's contempt is substantial," Folsom wrote. "EchoStar has gained millions of customers since this court's injunction was issued, customers that are now potentially unreachable by TiVo."

TiVo first sued EchoStar in 2004 for violating a patent on a "multimedia time-warping system," which involved recording a program on one channel while watching another.

A jury in 2006 found that Dish Network's DVRs infringed upon a patent held by TiVo and ordered it to pay TiVo $73.9 million in damages. A federal appeals court upheld the ruling in January 2008, as did a second U.S. appeals court in April 2008.

CNET News' Steven Musil contributed to this report.

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To: Road Walker who wrote (2046)6/21/2009 5:46:45 PM
From: Dan3
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TiVo Wants to Be the Google of Television. How?
By helping viewers search for programs and by selling ads and ratings data to advertisers. A still-potent brand name and 140 patents should help
By Ronald Grover

June 29, 2009

It's a familiar story. Upstart popularizes technology that threatens to disrupt an industry. Larger rivals enter picture and try to squeeze out little guy. TiVo (TIVO), whose set-top boxes made it routine for viewers to save TV shows on a hard drive so they could watch them later (and fast-forward through the ads), has followed this very trajectory. The cable companies began rolling out their own digital videorecorders a few years ago, and TiVo has been hemorrhaging subscribers ever since.
The TiVo story doesn't end there, however. By leveraging its still potent brand name and cache of more than 140 patents, the Alviso (Calif.) company is trying to remake itself as the Google (GOOG) of television—helping viewers navigate the increasing crush of entertainment choices and selling ads to boot. "Like Google," says CEO Thomas S. Rogers, "TiVo will bring that ease of use to TV sets." A laudable goal, but this is a crowded field.

There's a lot more at:

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To: Dan3 who wrote (2047)6/22/2009 12:17:39 AM
From: Sr K
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How did you get

June 29, 2009

on your copy?

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To: Sr K who wrote (2048)6/22/2009 7:15:36 AM
From: Dan3
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Re: How did you get

June 29, 2009

on your copy?

It was a copy and paste.

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From: Road Walker7/9/2009 11:33:04 AM
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Best Buy, TiVo form an alliance

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From: TimF9/6/2009 1:52:11 AM
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DISH Network told to fork over another $200 million to TiVo

A federal judge has found DISH Network in contempt for continuing to infringe on TiVo's DVR-related patents while a permanent injunction was in force. The satellite TV provider will have to cough up another $200 million in damages—a far cry from the $1 billion TiVo wanted, but not exactly pocket change, either.

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From: Road Walker9/16/2009 8:45:58 AM
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DVRs dominate talk at confab
By Paul Bond Paul Bond
Wed Sep 16, 1:24 am ET

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Jay Leno and Jeff Zucker have been thinking a lot about TiVo lately. And, at least in the case of the NBC Universal boss, not entirely in a good way.

Zucker was telling an investor conference on Tuesday that Leno's new 10 p.m. show is in part an answer to TiVo and its imitators, and that he does not intend to bury his head in the sand when it comes to threats posed by digital video recorders (DVRs).

Zucker's remarks came at almost the same moment that TiVo CEO Tom Rogers was suggesting -- at the same conference, no less -- that some TV executives still underestimate how dramatically the game has changed since DVRs were introduced a decade ago.

"Commercial avoidance -- the issue that the media industry wants to avoid," Rogers said. "I must say, I TiVo-ed Leno last night," Rogers continued. "I was tickled pink that he had as one of his first jokes, TiVo."

(Leno on Monday quipped that, "I set my TiVo to record 'The Biggest Loser.' I got the Lions game." The Detroit Lions have lost 18 straight regular-season football games.)

"Jeff Zucker started his comments a little while ago by talking about Jay Leno's new show and how they were going to deal with TiVo-ing it at 10 p.m.," Rogers said at the conference. "That's been a stated objective of theirs -- to make sure that there's an answer to the increased amount of recorded viewing at 10 o'clock."

Rogers might or might not be right about the disinterest in DVRs that is expressed -- or at least feigned -- by some TV execs. But that description certainly doesn't apply to Zucker.

"One of the biggest changes in television has been the digital video recorder," he said Tuesday. He promised that the new Leno show will be "as DVR-proof as you can be on television in this era," in part due to lots of product integration.

And Rogers must have loved what the NBC Unversal CEO said a bit later: "The No. 1 most-watched show at 10 p.m. in the last season was a show called 'TiVo,' and it's a great show," said Zucker.

"We can't put our heads in the sand and pretend that people aren't using DVRs -- and that people aren't consuming content online," Zucker said. "We don't want to be the newspaper business. We don't want to be the recorded music business."

Zucker and Rogers were speaking in New York at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVIII Conference.

(Editing by DGoodman at Reuters)

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To: Road Walker who wrote (2052)1/20/2010 11:06:56 AM
From: Jeffry K. Smith
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What's up with TIVO? Yesterday it was down .20 or so, only to close up about .80?

TIVO seems to be a daytrader's dream - but my broker gives them an "F".

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To: Jeffry K. Smith who wrote (2053)1/20/2010 11:18:26 AM
From: Road Walker
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Ya think it's this? I traded TIVO years ago... it was a great stock to trade VERY carefully:

Microsoft Sues TiVo, Claiming Patent Infringement -Bloomberg
11:11 am ET 01/20/2010 - Dow Jones


Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Tuesday sued TiVo Inc. (TIVO), claiming the digital video-recording company uses two Microsoft patents in its products or components without a license. In its complaint, filed in federal court in San Francisco, Microsoft alleges patent infringement and seeks a court declaration that its patents are valid, an order blocking TiVo from infringing on those patents, and unspecified monetary damages. In a statement, a Microsoft spokesman said the company is open to resolving the situation "through an intellectual-property licensing agreement, and we have initiated discussions to engage TiVo in negotiations." TiVo couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
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