Originally Posted by Kelson
As I noted above
, some people have the mistaken belief that if the TiVo patents were not in force (and the technology was free for the taking) there would be a flood of cheap chinese DVR's into the US by companies beating each other over the head to lower the price.
Also, a lot of people resent the fact that TiVo (in most cases) has a ongoing fee. At the same time they refuse to accept Lifetime as being valid
since it should be free to start with...
Which paints TiVo in an evil light
. Personally, if one is looking for a digital VCR
the Channel Master more than fits the bill and proves it's certainly possible to market a competitive product. However at the same time it clearly lacks features such as intelligent conflict resolution which might be covered by TiVo's patents. Although other DVRs appear to be more advanced so again it must be possible or they are obtaining a license from TiVo... which makes it possible either way.
My take and then I'll bow out of this silliness. I believe TiVo has never ever wanted to be a hardware manufacturer and all along have simply wanted to license their software to run on various boxes. Since virtually no one would license such they were forced to produce hardware and also forced to protect their IP. Without their IP rights I'm guessing they would have been gone by now. Hopefully, it carries them until they are competitive enough to compete overseas (as they are starting to now) and as well here. I think they should get rewarded for their foresight and to some degree for creating an industry.