Suing For Patent Infringement No Replacement For Actually Building A Real Business

from the more-focus-on-executing,-less-on-suing dept

TiVo has been spending a lot of effort suing others for patent infringement, but apparently not very much on actually improving their own services and giving customers a reason to buy them over the competition. So while it may be winning some of its patent lawsuits, it hasn't helped much for the business, which is rapidly bleeding customers and losing marketshare. TiVo basically created this market and owned it for years -- but then got complacent. Now, since it can't compete, it's gone to a litigation strategy. Perhaps it should have focused more on providing value and competing rather than suing.
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Filed Under: business, dvr, infringement, patents
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    Ima Fish (profile), 30 Nov 2009 @ 5:50am

    Re: Re:

    What he means is that in the old days the infrastructure used by cable companies was open. And that meant that anyone could build a device to connect to it. That's one of the reasons why VCRs took off, because they were essentially plug and play. You simply plugged them into your cable TV coax, then to your TV, and it simply worked.

    Nowadays each provider, Comcast, Charter, Dish, etc, owns its own proprietary infrastructure. The fact that you can choose between multiple proprietary infrastructures does not change the fact that a company such as TiVo is screwed. Even if there are 1000 providers each with its own proprietary infrastructure, TiVo would still be locked out.

    But not only is TiVo locked out, so is the next great living room invention. Any hardware manufacturer has to get permission from each and every proprietary TV provider in order to get into everyone's living room.

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