Microsoft or Google to take over Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Emacee, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Feb 5, 2012 #1 of 10
    Emacee

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    Reuters reports:
    The article adds that Tivo gets most of its income these days from patent infringement law suits and licensing fees generated by phone and cable company captive DVRs - not from their own subscribers.
     
  2. Feb 5, 2012 #2 of 10
    CuriousMark

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    Just more speculation. MS and Google are probably the best fit of many options, but that does not mean that either is seriously interested.

    The bit about infringement and royalty income is certainly true at the moment, but it is shifting toward income from MSOs for hardware, software and services.
     
  3. Feb 5, 2012 #3 of 10
    lillevig

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    Facebook, fresh off their IPO. Your "To Do" list will automatically be uploaded and used to customize advertising. Just another reason that I will never sign up for Facebook. ;)
     
  4. Feb 5, 2012 #4 of 10
    dianebrat

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    I just can't see MS even being remotely interested, they've already been in the market and have the core technology there from UltimateTV, they could come back at any time.
    They also have their own STB initiatives and the XBOX360, Tivo offers them nothing of value.
     
  5. Feb 5, 2012 #5 of 10
    rasmasyean

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    MS bought Web TV (MSN TV) a while back so they are interested in Media. Google has well...Google TV.

    But I don't really see MS needing TV hardware as they have XBox...and WMC which they can merge more into a more "versatile XBox thingie" as hardware gets cheap...which would give them the avenue of game sales in additon to media.

    And Google isn't really a hardware manufacturer. I guess there's always a time to start a new business branch, though. Who knows.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2012 #6 of 10
    aadam101

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    More importantly Google has the Motorola set top box market. They probably don't see Tivo as a threat but Tivo certainly has some patents that could be of some value. A Google TV/Tivo combo could be a pretty awesome device, provided it's not designed by the company that is currently Tivo.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2012 #7 of 10
    classicsat

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    Google also has Sage TV. That alone could make a DVR product, so long as it does not infringe with TiVo's patents, or Google makes a deal out front.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2012 #8 of 10
    Chris Gerhard

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    Google buying TiVo would be fine with me but I see nothing that makes me believe that will happen.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2012 #9 of 10
    wmcbrine

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    A long while back. 15 years ago.
     
  10. rasmasyean

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    Yeah, well I think this goes to show that M$ saw the comming merge of information technology and analog communications a while ago. Unfortunately the American economist Greenpan has been credited for the Dot Com Bust and the Great Recession that followed and delayed this inevitability. But now every big internet company seems to be trying to get their claws into the complete digitization of mainstream media. Just wait until the 5G era and "cable TV" would prolly be a thing of the past.
     

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