TiVo has lost hundreds of millions of dollars while delivering a wonderful product. Their competition just took their research and ideas and treated it like it was in the public domain. Today’s jury decision gives TiVo life, since it can now license its technology to EchoStar and the many other cable/satellite companies who have appropriated the intellectual property. Who knows, maybe some day TiVo will make a profit!
The decision reassures our dachshund pack that its TiVo service will likely remain available in their golden years. Audit (pictured in the icon) was particularly worried that she would be stuck watching reruns of Judge Judy if TiVo went under.
Of course, the free and almost-free DVR’s delivered by cable companies will now have a cost when TiVo gets licensing fees from the other businesses. For some reason, the fact that everyone — including consumers — will have to pay something to reward the TiVo innovators doesn’t bother me.