[mythtv-users] TiVo's Future May Hinge on Patent Case

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Thu Apr 6 01:41:02 UTC 2006

On Apr 5, 2006, at 7:12 PM, Marco Nelissen wrote:

>> On 04/05/2006 02:36 PM, Wylie Swanson wrote:
>>> Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20060404/tc_zd/175015
>>> Terence Clark, national co-chair of the intellectual property  
>>> practice
>>> at Greenberg Traurig in Los Angeles, agrees.
>>> "TiVo put a lot of time and effort into DVRs. You'd like to see  
>>> those
>>> kinds of companies succeed," he said. "And the industry succeeds  
>>> when
>>> the system works. A TiVo win would be an example of the system
>>> working."
>> Hmmm.  So that means that the system (which system are we talking  
>> about
>> here, anyway?  Free market?  Capitalism? Somthing else?) works  
>> when TiVo
>> is able to force my satellite/TV company to stop providing a DVR for
>> $6/mo and force me to do without or pay $13/mo for a TiVo?  Guess  
>> that
>> means the system falls into the "something else" category...
> Read the article. It says Tivo doesn't want an injuction, they want
> to turn Echostar into a customer. That doesn't mean they want you to
> do without a DVR, nor does it mean you'd necessarily have to pay  
> $13/mo
> for one (DirectTV charges $4.99/mo for tivo). It just means that your
> cable/satellite company needs to pay tivo.

And of course your satellite/cable operator would never even *think*  
of passing that additional cost along to you, the customer. They  
would obviously absorb that additional overhead by reducing the CEO's  
salary and benefits.

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