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TiVo wins 73 million dollars in patent case

April 16th, 2006 · No Comments


TiVo, the original PVR maker, has won more than $73 million in damages in a patent infringement lawsuit against Echostar Communications. The company has been under increasing pressure from rival manufacturers which have adopted much of its original. At the conclusion of the two week, the Judge found that Echostar had “willfully” infringed TiVo’s patent, approved in 2001, for a ‘multimedia time warping system’ able to pause, rewind of fast-forward live TV. This remains the concept at the heart of all PVR devices, including Sky+.
BskyB originally handled TiVo hardware distribution, marketing and customer service in the UK, before dropping the brand in favour of its own Sky+ device. The product was consequently deemed a commercial failure in the UK, despite evangelists maintaining that it had the best functionality in its class.

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