"A multimedia time warping system"
A phrase I have never heard before. Didn't Sony have the patient on that back in 1976?
I don't feel sorry for TiVo one bit for their financial situation because of their obsession to sue anyone that has a recording device with or w/o some type of Guide.
I might understand a few of these lawsuits, but they have gone off the deep end. It's seems obvious to me, they apparently have more income coming in from these suits than from selling the actual product which they seem to change every year.
I have done a little searching on the subject and find the following most interesting if you can possibly scan through all the patents;
The latest lawsuits;
U.S. patents owned by TiVo:
• 6,233,389: A multimedia time-warping system for storing select TV programs while the user is simultaneously watching or reviewing another program.
• 7,529,465: Another multimedia time-warping system in which TV streams are converted in to MPEG formats and then later decoded to TV output signals and receivers.
• 6,792,195: A method and apparatus for implementing random access and time-based functions on a continuous stream of formatted digital data.
and the older Echostar suit from 2004 (a long legal read);
which seems to be based on this;
TiVo Inc. (“TiVo”) owns U.S. Patent 6,233,389 (“the ‘389 patent” or “TiVo’s patent”), which is entitled “Multimedia Time Warping System.” The patented technology allows television users to simultaneously record and play (“time-shift”) television broadcasts using what is commonly known as a digital video recorder (“DVR”). A DVR allows users to fast-forward, rewind, pause, and replay a “live” television program while it is playing on the television set. TiVo’s patent covers various features essential to the working of a DVR.
A recent development is in post #93.
Edited by videobruce - 6/23/12 at 4:00am