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dcawrey
dcawrey
4/29/2016 4:05:02 PM
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This makes a lot of sense. I was beginning to wonder what was going to happen with TiVo since their initial technology to skip commercials was really taken over by service providers who placed DVRs in set top boxes. I figured an acquisition would happen – TiVo does have some good intellectual property that I knew would benefit a buyer. 

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faryl
faryl
4/29/2016 11:11:17 PM
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I didn't realize that there was a company with a patent on the scrolling programming menu.

I could see where the need for that is shifting/diminishing.

It's interesting that Rovi acquired TiVo and not the other way around.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/30/2016 1:49:10 PM
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@faryl, it's kind of like the sort of marriage that used to keep the English upper class in place across generations.  TiVo had a great name and history and was rapidly losing value with nowhere to go (think of it as Lord Blithering-Twit's highly eligible daughter, Decorativa). Rovi had money, market position, and in general a solid base with consumers (that would Midas McCapital's hastily educated son, Croesus).  Put them together and the offspring will have a well-known and well-liked pedigree, a fortune in hand, and -- as anybody in the telecom world should recognize -- connections.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/30/2016 3:19:03 PM
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@JohnBarnes: Very good analogy. I like the way you explained the combination by highlighting respective company's strengths and what to expect as a result.

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faryl
faryl
4/30/2016 6:12:31 PM
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Great analogy!

(Which reminds me... I never watched the last season of Downton Abbey!)

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Ariella
Ariella
5/2/2016 12:17:01 PM
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@aryl It wills till be there waiting for you, or you can buy all the season on DBD.

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
5/3/2016 11:58:03 AM
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good read
LR's Mari Silbey has a good story today on the TiVo/Rovi deal

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faryl
faryl
5/29/2016 1:38:37 AM
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I don't have a DVR and PBS started limiting the streaming content available to non-PBS subscribers, so I'll have to wait until it's on netflix!

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/30/2016 3:14:29 PM
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Me neither and it is good knowing that.

This combo deal with such a strong patent portfolio should only bring more and more excitement to teh programming world.

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freehe
freehe
4/30/2016 7:53:32 PM
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Wow, I had no idea both companies had that many patent and I had no idea TiVo had that many customers. I thought the company was dealing poorly. It's funny that both companies has the same 3 letters in their names, ivo.


Tivo stock is about $9.98 per share and Rovi stock is about $!7.62 per share. Not sure if it is a good idea to buy either stock since TiVo was looking for a new CEO and Tivo only controls 2% of the market share. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for both companies.

 

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Itsmeshawn22
Itsmeshawn22
5/25/2017 11:16:20 AM
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Seen & Heard: Rovi Snags TiVo for $1.1B
This is very interesting about the DVR and I had no idea about this untill i read it. I know with the technology going on they will be great with thier service and the plans to make it great for the consumers. I also think that with a little bit of time they would be great with the plans and the models of the DVR systems. 

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