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Guest Message by DevFuse
SONICblue, TiVo Press Claims as Lawsuit Threatened
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Posted 13 December 2001 - 06:07 AM
TiVo and SONICblue Inc. on Tuesday pressed their claims for technologies covering the fundamental operation of digital video recorders, with SONICblue threatening to sue its rival unless licensing talks produce a breakthrough.
Meanwhile, San Jose, California-based TiVo said it had received two new patents covering fundamental DVR operations.
...One of the patents is for ``TrickPlay,'' or the use of VCR functions like pause, rewind and fast-forward on live television, the company said. The other covers a method for connecting its DVRs and other streaming media devices to a network in the home...
...One analyst said it was conceivable the two sides could end up cross-licensing technology to each other, creating a ''win-win'' situation as the overall market grows.
``Replay has some pretty good technology on the software side, and TiVo has some good technology on the hardware side,'' said Joseph To, an analyst at Lehman Brothers...
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