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July 23, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose agreed to buy Kiss Technology for $61 million, setting up a battle with TiVo Inc. in the market for digital video recorders. Kiss, based in Denmark, sells digital video disc players and recorders and digital TVs.
January 10, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
At the heart of the Kelly Thomas murder case is a grainy black-and-white video that covers, almost in its entirety, the struggle between the homeless man and police officers at a bustling Fullerton bus depot on a summer night in 2011. As jurors in Orange County now deliberate the fate of the officers, they must determine what that video actually shows. Prosecutors say the tape clearly presents a confused and vulnerable Thomas who died because one bully cop picked a fight and another lost control and slammed Thomas in the face repeatedly with his stun gun. In the defense's telling, the video captures a violent and errant street person who gave police the fight of their lives.
Two companies, TiVo and ReplayTV, are out with similar but not identical products generically known as "personal video recorders." These are nifty devices that allow you to pause, rewind and fast-forward broadcast and cable shows as though you were watching a videotape. They work by recording the TV signal onto a hard disk just like the one inside your computer and spooling it onto the screen with a couple of milliseconds' delay.
September 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
Surveillance video taken from a Long Beach business shows police striking a man at least six times with batons, which was not captured in a YouTube video of the interaction that has drawn scrutiny in recent days. The video, which Long Beach police released to The Times, begins at an unknown time before the 4 1/2-minute YouTube clip . The surveillance footage shows the man--identified as 46-year-old Porfirio Santos-Lopez--appearing to punch at officers before he falls to the ground, apparently after being Tasered.
May 1, 2001 | JON HEALEY
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.
March 27, 2007
THE SUPREME COURT ruled more than 20 years ago that recording TV shows on your VCR is legal. Nowadays, technology allows your cable company to essentially keep those shows on its VCR, not yours. Yet a federal court has ruled that this system violates copyright law. What's the difference? This is not a case of technology changing behavior. It's a case of the law failing to adjust to new technology. Cablevision Systems Corp.
English couch potatoes got a glimpse this month of a high-tech vision of television, and it was about as welcome as cold eel pie. Eager to boost its new series "Dossa and Joe," the BBC used technology from TiVo Inc. of San Jose to deliver the show to about 50,000 viewers with TiVo's digital video recorders. The recorders, which store programs on a hard drive instead of tapes, can be set by TiVo to capture programs viewers don't specifically request. At 10 p.m.
November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
TiVo Inc., the pioneer of digital video recorders, will cut jobs as part of a program to reduce expenses. The company will incur expenses of about $1 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, mostly stemming from the firings, Alviso, Calif.-based TiVo said.
May 12, 1987
Burglars ransacked offices in the headquarters of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, stealing video recorders and three handguns. Police said the intruders apparently slipped into the two-story building at 5026 W. Jefferson Blvd. in South Los Angeles over the weekend, using a rock to smash a second-floor window at the back of the complex, then breaking into lockers to steal three handguns, a supply of ammunition and several video recorders.
July 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
TiVo Inc., the pioneer of digital video recorders that let viewers zip through commercials, will offer subscribers the ability to purchase products from through their televisions. The Alviso, Calif., firm's Product Purchase service will allow users to search and buy books, DVDs and CDs from Amazon that are promoted on programs they may watch, TiVo said. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
April 24, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Doctors increasingly treat people using tiny cameras, and some patient-safety experts are urging physicians to hit the record button. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of a bestselling book on patient safety, said two examples of video recording show the potential benefits for both patients and doctors. At Indiana University, he said, researchers recorded 98 colonoscopies performed by seven gastroenterologists. They were unaware that they were being filmed and researchers found wide variations in quality.
April 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Kobe Bryant wasn't at Staples Center for obvious reasons Sunday. But his prerecorded message to teammates hung in the air of the Lakers' locker room after their 91-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. It can't be printed here, the curse words definitely of the stronger variety, but Bryant's appeal was delivered Saturday by a 30-second video recorded on General Manager Mitch Kupchak's cellphone. Kupchak visited him earlier that day before Bryant underwent surgery for a torn left Achilles' tendon.
January 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has released an update for its iPhone and iPad app that, among other features, lets users send each other recorded voice messages. To access the feature, select name, tap the "+" sign and select the mic icon. Hold down the red record button that appears and begin speaking. When done, simply let go of the button and the message is sent. To cancel the message, slide the finger away from the record icon. The voice message feature was introduced earlier this month in an update to the Facebook Messenger app, which is dedicated solely to the message component of the social network.
October 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
One of the most popular new shows of the fall television season is NBC's "Revolution," a drama about post-apocalyptic America. But the real revolution is how people are watching it. About 9.2 million viewers tuned in to a recent episode, a so-so performance. But that number jumped by nearly 5 million when the Nielsen ratings service added in the people who recorded the show and watched it later or saw it through video on demand or online. Full coverage: Television reviews "Revolution" isn't the only show whose popularity can no longer be measured solely by traditional TV ratings.
June 26, 2012 | By Joe Flint
In written testimony to Congress, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said the satellite broacaster's controversial new commercial-skipping feature will help protect children from the marketing efforts of the fast food and alcohol industries. Called the "AutoHop," the feature on Dish's digitial video recorders allows its subscribers to avoid commercials on recorded shows from broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Although consumers can already fast-forward through commercials on recorded shows, the AutoHop has caused concerns for the networks because it goes a step further.
August 29, 2011 | By Lucy Dalglish
"What transpires in the court room is public property. " Writing those words in 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a principle so intrinsic to our national character that it predates the Declaration of Independence. America's founders believed that justice was facilitated by openness. In 1774, the first Continental Congress specifically stated that trials should occur "in open court, before as many of the people as choose to attend. " Their reasoning was that public openness would ensure the honesty of judges, witnesses and jurors, who could not "injure [the defendant]
June 8, 1989
United Yellow Pages has issued this comparison of its 1979 and 1989 Westside listings. Although the numbers presumably represent only a portion of each type of business on the Westside, they give some indication of changes and trends. Areas covered are Beverly Hills, Culver City and most parts of Los Angeles west of La Cienega Boulevard. Santa Monica, Venice, Pacific Palisades and Marina del Rey are not included. 1979 1989 Restaurants 295 515 Messenger services 19 36 Self-service storage facilities 14 19 Occult supplies 2 0 Bicycles 29 19 Jewelers (retail)
November 29, 2005
WHEN IT COMES TO the entertainment industry, it seems that no revolutionary deed goes unpunished. Two Hollywood studios sued Sony when it brought out the first affordable home-video recorder in 1976, even though the VCR eventually created a huge new business for the studios. The music industry won a crippling injunction against the original Napster's groundbreaking file-sharing service, which introduced free (and illegal) downloading to the masses.
June 6, 2011 | Roy Wallack, Gear
For some outdoor enthusiasts, the age-old question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" has been replaced by "Did we actually have any fun on our rockin' mountain biking/kayaking/rock climbing adventure if we didn't get it on video?" Simple and rugged, wearable cameras have been proliferating on the market, recording video from a perch on one's helmet, chest or handlebars. Watching and editing is simple; just plug the units' USB cords into a computer to turn your high-adrenaline pursuits into home movies.
May 3, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Dish Network Corp. and its former EchoStar division agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle a long-running patent dispute involving digital video recorder technology. Under terms of the settlement, Dish Network and EchoStar Corp. will make an initial payment of $300 million, and then make six equal payments of $33 million through 2017. The companies agreed to dismiss any litigation connected with the matter. "There have been all kinds of questions and uncertainty as to whether our intellectual property had any real value," said TiVo Chief Executive Tom Rogers.
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