TiVo Goes After Time Warner and Motorola

On March 26, MultiChannel News reported that TiVo has filed a patent infringement suit against Motorola and Time Warner Cable on three patents.

The patents include “TiVo Time Warp,” which was the focus of earlier suits against Dish, AT&T and Verizon, the “System for Time Shifting Multimedia Content Streams” and the “Method and Apparatus Implementing Random Access and Time Based Functions on a Continuous Stream of Formatted Digital Data.”

TiVo seeks unspecified monetary damages and legal fees as well as injunctions barring Motorola and Time Warner from using the patents. TiVo also is asking for a judgment in its favor regarding a suit filed last year by Motorola in which Motorola accused TiVo of infringing on two of its patents.

TiVo gained approximately $1 billion in 2011 from suites against Dish and AT&T. Earlier this year, TiVo reached an agreement with Microsoft in which both parties agreed to drop infringement lawsuits.

In related news, TiVo announced on March 26 that it would reduce the monthly fee for its Premiere DVR customers. The company also announced a monthly reduction on other high-end model TiVo equipment. TiVo has distribution arrangements in place with DirecTV, Charter Communictions, SuddenLink Communication, RCN and Virgin Media in England.

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