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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Nov 2009 @ 8:10pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Much of the problem is also that TiVo is not allowed to have access to the program guide. TiVo's don't really cost more than the DVR's from cable companies but to use the program guide on a TiVo you must hook it up to the Internet and pay them and that's an inconvenience. The DVR's from the cable companies pick up the program guide from the cable lines. This isn't an issue of economies of scale, TiVo would also enjoy economies of scale for their product.

    Yup. That's a problem addressed with CableCard 2.0 which has not been released to production yet.

    My suggestion is to write a letter requesting a refund/replacement of your cablecard to:

    CableLabs
    858 Coal Creek Cir
    Louisville, CO 80027

    (303) 661-9100

    For their bang up job of creating a fantastically field-upgradable standard.

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