Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
dvrs, patents

Companies:
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.

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    foo, 9 Sep 2009 @ 8:41pm

    Re:

    Seriously.

    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.

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