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

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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.

arstechnica.com

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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

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

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.
Full story at: www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=asrX75LfSrSg
-Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2900

Click here to go to Dow Jones NewsPlus, a web front page of today's most important business and market news, analysis and commentary: djnewsplus.com. You can use this link on the day this article is published and the following day.

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To: Road Walker who wrote (2054)1/20/2010 12:10:21 PM
From: Jeffry K. Smith
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"Ya think it's this?"

No, I don't think it's the MSFT lawsuit (announced today) that would cause TIVO to drop *yesterday*, then close UP substantially, but then one never knows!

Thanks for the heads up. As you say, "trade carefully:"

btw, here's TIVO's reply:

"Microsoft's recent legal actions, including its decision to seek to intervene on behalf of its customer, AT&T, and its recent complaint against TiVo in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California do not bear on whether the AT&T products and services that are the subject of TiVo's complaint infringe the patents asserted by TiVo. Rather these actions are part of a legal strategy to defend AT&T. We remain confident in our position that AT&T will be found to infringe on the TiVo patents asserted."

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From: Road Walker3/3/2010 8:09:20 AM
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TiVo to Offer Boxes That Go Beyond the Recorder
By BRAD STONE

SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley pioneer of digital video recorders, is once again trying to get consumers to pay for another set-top box that combines traditional television programming with a vast array of content from the Web.

At an event in New York on Tuesday night, TiVo said it would soon begin selling a new set-top box, called TiVo Premiere. The new device, more slender than previous hardware from TiVo, will put regular program listings from cable and satellite on the same page as related material from the Web.

For example, a prominent search box on the service allows users to look for, say, “The Office,” and quickly find the regular TV listings of forthcoming episodes as well as older episodes for rent on Netflix and Blockbuster, outtakes and deleted scenes from YouTube, and merchandise related to the show for sale at Amazon.com.

“This takes broadband and broadcast and puts them all together as a single experience,” said Tom Rogers, TiVo’s chief executive.

“You have your cable box, your movie box, your music box, your Web box and your DVR all in one.”

TiVo, based in Alviso, Calif., has been struggling for years as cable and satellite companies offer set-top boxes with their own digital video recorders that allow people to pause and digitally record live television.

In November, TiVo said its subscriber base fell by 21 percent, to 2.7 million, from 3.5 million the year before.

The new TiVo Premiere, which will go on sale in April, is aimed at reversing that trend. The basic version of the box can store 45 hours of high-definition programming and costs $300. A premium version called TiVo Premiere XL can store 150 hours and will cost $500.

The company charges additional monthly fees for the service, starting at $12.95.

TiVo will sell the new devices on its Web site and through retailers, including Best Buy. RCN, a cable provider on the East Coast, will make TiVo Premiere boxes available to customers in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.

With the Premiere, TiVo is also presenting new opportunities to advertisers — while taking some away.

Companies can promote themselves prominently from TiVo menus, which include a bar of suggested programs that appear prominently at the top of each screen.

But the TiVo Premiere remote control also has a new scan button that allows a user to easily zoom through a 30-second ad in just one second — which will give viewers a quick “impression” of the ad, but not much more.

The challenge for TiVo, as always, is to persuade consumers to spend the extra money for a premium service, when they can get a free, if inferior, set-top box from their cable or satellite company instead.

The new device “is of course elegant and wonderful in all the ways TiVo has historically been able to deliver,” said James L. McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research.

“The question is, do people need that well designed of a product? That’s got to be very painful for TiVo.”

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To: Road Walker who wrote (2056)3/5/2010 6:03:35 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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TiVo Prevails in Patent Rights Case Against Dish

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 4, 2010
Filed at 3:03 p.m. ET

TiVo Inc. prevailed yet again in a long-running dispute with Dish Network Corp. over patents for digital video recorders, as a federal appeals court cleared the way Thursday for TiVo to collect hundreds of millions of dollars. TiVo shares jumped more than 50 percent.

Despite repeatedly losing, however, Dish said it will seek a review of the three-judge panel's decision by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

TiVo said the decision, if it stands, would let it collect at least $300 million from Dish -- about $100 million in damages and interest, and the rest in contempt sanctions that TiVo already has been awarded. That would be on top of about $100 million in damages that Dish had already paid TiVo in earlier litigation.


TiVo has struggled with being consistently profitable, and being able to collect such an amount would help get it into the black. TiVo came out with its DVR in 1999 and ''TiVo'' became a verb synonymous with recording TV, but it has faced intense competition from generic DVRs offered by Dish and other subscription TV providers.

The company also has sued AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., charging them with infringing on certain DVR patents. Microsoft Corp. has waded into the fight on AT&T's side.

''The courts have ruled in TiVo's favor numerous times over the past five years, which should help ... in the company's litigation against AT&T, Verizon, and Microsoft,'' Tony Wible, an analyst from Janney Montgomery Scott, said in a research note.

At issue is a TiVo patent on technology for storing and retrieving video on DVRs, which lets viewers pause, rewind and replay live TV. TiVo sued Dish in 2004 for patent infringement for using a similar technology on its DVRs, a case Dish lost on appeal. Dish paid TiVo $104.6 million in damages and interest and was barred from using the technology.

While the case was going on, Dish crafted a redesigned technology that it said did not infringe on TiVo's patent. But the U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas, disagreed and ordered Dish to pay TiVo additional damages -- this time at $103 million plus interest, along with about $200 million in contempt sanctions.

Dish appealed again, losing that bid on Thursday. Dish said that it is planning a second redesign of its technology and will seek approval from the district court to use it.

Dish said in a statement that it's disappointed in the ruling but gratified that one of the three appellate judges sided with its position and issued a dissenting opinion Thursday.

Two of the judges found that the lower court applied the right standard in analyzing whether Dish's redesigned technology still infringed on TiVo's patent. But the dissenting judge, Randall Rader, said the court is punishing a company that has made a good faith effort at a redesign.

Dish is counting on a better outcome if the entire appeals court grants the review it has requested.

Wible believes Dish would lose before the full appeals court as well and would end up paying a license fee to use TiVo's technology on Dish's DVRs or face having to disable the boxes. Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc. already license TiVo's software.

Analysts have been perplexed at Dish's intransigent stance on TiVo, which Dish has repeatedly. But Dish has refused to give up.

TiVo said the $300 million it was awarded covers Dish's infringement through July 1. The Alviso, Calif.-based company said it will seek damages for Dish's continued infringement since then.

Last August, TiVo sued AT&T and Verizon over the same patent and two others that allow multiroom viewing and correct overshooting when viewers fast-forward TV. Microsoft, whose Mediaroom software is used in AT&T's set-top boxes, sued TiVo in January, alleging that TiVo has violated Microsoft patents related to such things as an on-screen TV guide.

Shares of TiVo rose $5.62, or 55 percent, to $15.83 in afternoon trading Thursday. Dish Network, based in Englewood, Colo., lost $1.01, or 4.7 percent, to $20.70.

nytimes.com

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (2057)3/9/2010 11:56:14 AM
From: Road Walker
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Sorry accidentally hit post private instead of post public....

Google testing TV search service with Dish Network: WSJ

Mar 8 05:41 PM US/Eastern
Internet giant Google is testing a new television programming search service with Dish Network Corp., The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the matter," said the service runs on TV set-top boxes using Google's Android operating system.

It said it allows users to search content from Dish, which has some 14 million satellite TV subscribers, as well as Web video like YouTube and to personalize a lineup of shows.

The Journal said users can search by typing on a keyboard instead of using a remote control.

It said Google hopes to link the TV search service with its TV ad-brokering business, Google TV Ads. This would allow the Internet giant to target ads to individual households based on viewing and TV search data, the newspaper said.

The Journal said the test began last year and is limited to a very small number of Google employees and their families. It said the test could be "discontinued at any time."

Google currently makes the vast majority of its revenue from online advertising.

Google last year dropped two other advertising initiatives, its Print Ads program, an attempt to auction off space in newspapers to bargain-seeking advertisers, and its radio advertising service.

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From: malibutradr3/25/2010 9:39:54 AM
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Last night Cramer recommended wait for a pullback before buying - wonder what effect that will have on the PPS today...

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