February 5, 2002 |
TiVo Inc. filed a lawsuit accusing interactive-television rival Sonicblue Inc. of stealing technology that lets viewers store some programs while they watch another show. TiVo filed the federal patent-infringement lawsuit on Jan. 23 against Sonicblue and its ReplayTV Inc. unit. Sonicblue and TiVo are battling for supremacy in the growing market for video-data recorders. In December, Sonicblue accused TiVo of infringing a Sonicblue patent for devices that pause and replay TV shows.
April 2, 2003 |
Insolvent Sonicblue Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., said it was unable to close a deal to sell two of its units to D&M Holdings of Tokyo before the deadline imposed by a federal bankruptcy judge. As a result, the two units -- ReplayTV Inc., maker of a pioneering digital video recorder, and Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc., maker of the groundbreaking Rio portable digital music players -- are to be sold April 15 at a bankruptcy auction, the firms said.
May 1, 2001 |
ReplayTV Inc., struggling in the nascent market for digital video recorders, has signed a deal with Motorola Inc. that could put its TV-recording software in millions of U.S. homes. Motorola, the leading manufacturer of cable converter boxes, is developing a version of its advanced digital converter that will have a built-in digital recorder. It has chosen Replay of Mountain View, Calif., as a primary supplier of the video-recording software in that box.
January 13, 2004 |
A coalition of television networks and studios persuaded a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by TV viewers who fear that the media companies might try to stop their use of ReplayTV Inc.'s digital video recorder. The media companies sued Sonicblue Inc. in 2001, claiming that the device that lets viewers share video over the Internet and skip TV commercials violated copyright law. Two years later, Sonicblue filed for bankruptcy protection and sold Santa Clara, Calif.-based ReplayTV to D&M Holdings Inc.
May 25, 2001 |
TiVo Inc. said Thursday that it won a patent for key technologies in the emerging field of personal video recorders, where TiVo is in fierce competition with Microsoft Corp. and others. The news sent TiVo's battered stock up more than 70%, or $3.56, to $8.50 in Nasdaq trading. Later in the day, the San Jose-based company reported a $50.2-million first-quarter loss, more than double the $23.4-million deficit of a year ago but down from an $89.2-million deficit in the fourth quarter of 2000.
January 3, 2004 |
Some customers who took advantage of a significant price drop for a ReplayTV Inc. digital video recorder, thinking it included three years of the required service, are furious because their service has been disconnected and they may have to pay to reactivate it. "It's almost like buying a car and having the car later stop working, saying you can't drive it anymore unless you give us more money," said Eric Maur, 26, of Kaneohe, Hawaii.