August 29, 2006 |
Prime-time television and its mighty 30-second commercial were supposed to be in trouble when a cutting-edge technology arrived on the scene several years ago, giving viewers a tool to zip past the traditional on-screen ads. Digital video recorders were like VCRs with super powers: able to pause live television, effortlessly record a season's worth of shows and even pick programs they think you will like.
March 30, 2006 |
TiVo Inc. shared details of its technology with Dish Network, which later used it in its own TiVo-like boxes that can pause and rewind live television programs, a TiVo co-founder said Wednesday. Former Chief Executive Michael Ramsey made the comment during testimony on the first day of TiVo's patent-infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corp., the parent of Dish Network. Alviso, Calif.
October 14, 1987 |
Wherehouse Entertainment, a leading videotape, record and computer software chain, received a surprise takeover bid Tuesday from Shamrock Holdings, which offered $113.5 million for the Wherehouse stock it does not already own. Shamrock, a Burbank-based investment company controlled by the family of Roy E. Disney, nephew of the late Walt Disney, offered $14.25 a share for Wherehouse but said it is prepared to sweeten the bid if necessary.
May 3, 2011 |
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.
February 2, 2009 |
On Oct. 9, a day the Dow dropped 679 points, TiVo Inc. deposited a check for $104.6 million. The company had just won a hard-fought battle against EchoStar Communications Inc., whose Dish Network digital video recorders were found by a federal jury to infringe TiVo's patents. "I think we were the only company doing high-fives that day," recalled TiVo Chief Executive Tom Rogers. TiVo, whose name has become synonymous with digital video recorders, is the comeback kid of technology.
June 3, 2009 |
A federal court Tuesday ordered Dish Network Corp. to pay TiVo Inc. $103 million plus interest in damages for using a modified digital video recorder technology that it found to be in violation of TiVo's patent. U.S. District Judge David Folsom, of the Eastern District of Texas, found Dish, formerly EchoStar, to be in contempt of a permanent injunction on TiVo's DVR Time Warp technology, which lets viewers pause, rewind and fast-forward live shows.
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December 26, 1992 |
A pilot program aimed at replacing courtroom stenographers with video cameras and voice-activated recorders has proven so successful that four new systems will be installed in the new year, Orange County Superior Court officials said. The expansion will bring to seven the number of Superior Courts equipped with the state-of-the-art video technology hailed by many as cost-effective, efficient and able to capture nuances that cannot be recorded by traditional court reporting.
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March 18, 2007 |
After years of misfires and false starts, the Los Angeles Police Department is finally on the verge of installing digital video cameras in the first 300 of its patrol cars -- those used by officers in the South Bureau. A test of four competing systems has led Police Chief William J. Bratton to recommend a contract with IBM Corp. for the first phase of a program that will eventually have the cameras installed in all 1,600 patrol cars citywide.
October 29, 2012 |
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.
February 20, 2005 |
Joshua Rafofsky and TiVo Inc. can't live without each other. Rafofsky, a 33-year-old technology consultant from Hancock Park, owns three TiVo digital video recorders -- two to record multiple shows that might be on at the same time, and another just to tinker with. "I know it sounds weird," Rafofsky said, "but TiVo's almost become a member of my family." TiVo executives feel much the same way about Rafofsky, though they have never met him.