PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER outfit Tivo is the target of Microsoft's wrath as the Redmond based company has asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate the set-top box company.
Despite Tivo having sold its time-shifting video boxes for donkeys years in the US and Microsoft having nothing to do with the technology, the software giant claims that Tivo infringes patents.
According to the ITC's website, "The products at issue in this investigation are hardware and software that allow users to receive signal content from a variety of sources and include such features as an electronic program guide, the ability to receive on-demand content, etc."
Microsoft has Sky player on its Xbox and so can stream UK telly, but it's hardly a Tivo like service. Tivo supports its video recorders in the UK although they are no longer sold here, unless you can buy on one Ebay.
Tivo provided the original personal video recording device that can record whole series of TV programmes. Tivo uses the Linux operating system, and in the US Tivo use is widespread, so this attack is not only another attempt by the Vole to get into another market and bodge it up but also a stealthly patents attack on Linux. µ
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