Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
dvrs, patents

at&t, echostar, tivo, verizon

Fresh Off Victory Over Dish, TiVo Sues AT&T, Verizon

from the can't-compete?-litigate! dept

Why bother competing in the market when you can just sue everyone else? That appears to be TiVo's big strategy these days. Just a month after winning a big court victory over EchoStar/Dish over a patent that the USPTO is not really sure it should have issued, TiVo has moved on to sue both AT&T and Verizon in a nearly identical lawsuit. And, of course, you know exactly how the negotiations on this one start. TiVo will point to the headlines about the millions the the court has told Dish to pay. Whatever happened to the good old days when companies competed in the marketplace rather than in court? TiVo is a great and innovative product, no doubt. While not really the first such product, it did a great job convincing the market of the value of DVRs. But then others innovated as well, sometimes making their product even better. That's called competition and it should drive everyone to make better products. It appears TiVo would rather that the competitors be kept out of the market, rather than bothering to innovate in the market.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    foo, 9 Sep 2009 @ 8:41pm



    Quote ...

    "So Echostar is 10 times as big, but spends two thirds of what TiVo does on R&D. For every dollar that TiVo earns in revenue, 21 cents goes to R&D. For every dollar that Echostar earns in revenue, 1.9 cents goes to R&D."

    Echostar owns a huge infrastructure including +12 satellites, the rocket to push them, uplink centers and on an on. You have to subtract that cost and r&d from the equation before introducing the DVR cost.

    Honestly, Tivo has rolled over and become to SCO of the DVR world.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Techdirt Logo Gear
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.