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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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Nov 2009 @ 4:53am

    One thing you have to realize is that cable companies have a government sanctioned monopoly on the infrastructure and if they give others an advantage, like Digital Atlanta, that's almost a government sanctioned advantage because that advantage is government sanctioned. I don't think it's really fair for Tivo if they're not allowed to use the same menus that digital Atlanta and others use and the government should allow them to and should force any required information to use those menus to be open platform (by menus I mean the ones that tell which shows are on what channel and when). Either that OR they should open up the infrastructure to competition, sure one cable company may not subcontract with TiVO but others will. I think it's ultimately the cable companies that are behaving anti competitively by singling out TiVo. I don't have a TiVO but that's mostly because I get menus with my digital Atlanta and TiVo would have to go online or something to access those menus that allow me to record things by show (instead of time blocks). It's practically a government enforced advantage against TiVo.

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