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March 04, 2005

Tivo and MCE Patent Discussion

PVRBlog has an interesting discussion going on whether Microsoft is violating Tivo's new patent. The patent in question is the process Tivo uses for auto-reversing a bit after a user fast-forwards to compensate for a user's reaction time. The comments in the post are pretty interesting to read and add a lot to the discussion.

I'm not a patent expert, but after reading the patent, it seems like the "innovation" of the patent isn't that it auto-reverses a bit at the end of the fast-forward, but that it records the amount the user corrects manually and fine tunes the auto-correction over time.

It's unclear to me whether MCE does this, or for that matter, whether the Tivo unit does this.

Posted on March 04, 2005

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