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TiVo Inc.
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TiVo Inc.
Type
Public
Traded as NASDAQ: TIVO
Industry Digital video recorders
Founded August 4, 1997; 18 years ago
(as Teleworld inc.)
Headquarters San Jose, California, U.S.
Key people
Tom Rogers,
President and CEO
Products TiVo DVR
Revenue Increase US$406 Million (FY 2014)[1]
Net income
Increase US$271.8 Million (FY 2014)[1]
Number of employees
630 (2014)[1]
Website http://tivo.com/

TiVo headquarters in San Jose, California.
TiVo Inc. is an American corporation whose primary product is the marketing and subscription services for its TiVo branded digital video recorder. TiVo primarily operates in the United States, but also in: Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom and Western Europe.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Acquisitions
3 Operating Partnerships
4 Litigation
5 See also
6 References
7 External links
History[edit]
TiVo Inc. was incorporated on August 4, 1997 as "Teleworld, Inc." by Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay, veterans of Silicon Graphics and Time Warner's Full Service Network digital video system. Originally intending to create a home network device, they later developed the idea to record digitized video on a hard disk.

Teleworld began the first public trials of the TiVo device and service in late 1998 in the San Francisco Bay area.[3] After exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 1999, Mike Ramsay announced to the company that the first version of the TiVo digital video recorder would ship on March 31, 1999, despite an estimated four to five months of work remaining to complete the device.

Teleworld, Inc. renamed themselves to TiVo Inc. on July 21, 1999. TiVo Inc. made its IPO (Initial Public Offering) on September 30, 1999.[4] Its first profitable quarter was the second quarter of 2005.[5]

The original TiVo device digitized and compressed analog video from any source (antenna, cable or direct broadcast satellite). In late 2000, Philips Electronics introduced the DSR6000, the first DirecTV receiver with an integrated TiVo DVR. This new device, nicknamed the DirecTiVo, stored digital signals sent from DirecTV directly onto a hard disk.

In early 2000, TiVo partnered with electronics manufacturer Thomson and broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting to deliver the TiVo service in the UK market.[6] This partnership resulted in the Thomson PVR10UK, a stand-alone receiver released in October 2000. In January 2003, After poor sales, TiVo pulled out of the UK market,[7] officially their manufacturing contract expired, however it was more likely because Sky, who were the exclusive distributor of TiVo in the UK, launched their own TiVo-like DVR product called Sky+ which they heavily promoted to their customers.[8] Sky+ is still the dominant DVR product in the UK with 5,005,000 customers using Sky+ HD service in 2013.[9]

In June 2005, veteran media executive Tom Rogers was named president and chief executive officer of TiVo Inc.[10] Rogers, a TiVo board member since 2003, took the reins from TiVo co-founder Mike Ramsay. Under Rogers' leadership, TiVo has transformed itself from just a DVR into a complete in-home broadcast, cable and broadband media hub and an ally to the traditional media businesses with its innovative ad solutions and television measurement services.

In 2006, TiVo, Inc. won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology.[11]

TiVo was again awarded an Emmy in 2013 for Technical and Engineering Achievement for Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery.[12]

Acquisitions[edit]
On July 17, 2012, TiVo announced the acquisition of TRA, Inc., an audience measurement company that measures advertising effectiveness. Renamed TiVo Research and Analytics, the service now matches television exposures from 1.5 million TV homes with actual purchase transactions to determine the effectiveness of TV advertising.[13]

On January 29, 2014, TiVo announced the acquisition of Digitalsmiths, a cloud-based content discovery and recommendation service for Pay-TV.[14]

Operating Partnerships[edit]
On November 25, 2009, TiVo re-entered the UK market by announcing a partnership with UK cable company Virgin Media to become the exclusive provider of Set Top Box middleware and user inferface software for Virgin Medias next generation television platform.[15] On November 3, 2010 Virgin Media announced the launch of their first PVR running TiVo software, available in 500GB or 1TB configurations.[16]

By 2012, TiVo services had become a part of 18% of Virgin's TV customer base. By the end of 2013, TiVo reached subscribers in nearly half of Virgin Media‘s 47.1 million homes. In September 2013, Vigin Media became the first pay-TV provider to provide Netflix streaming services, which were integrated into Virgin's service through TiVo set-top boxes.[17]

As of January 2014, TiVo reported having relationships with 18 of the top 25 U.S. operators.[1] All Comcast Xfinity customers using retail TiVo devices have access to Xfinity On Demand. Smaller cable companies in the U.S. and Canada offer TiVo DVRs and TiVo Mini extenders directly to their paid TV customers. These companies include: Atlantic Broadband, Astound Broadband, Blue Ridge Communications, Cable One, GCI, Mediacom, Midcontinent Communications, RCN, Suddenlink, and Wave Broadband.[18]

Litigation[edit]
In 2004, TiVo sued EchoStar Corp, a manufacturer of DVR units, for patent infringement. The parties reached a settlement in 2011 wherein EchoStar paid TiVo a licensing fee for its technology.[19]

On January 19, 2010, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against TiVo, Inc. for patent infringement.[20] Both companies agreed to end their lawsuits in March 2012.[21]

See also[edit]
TiVo
TiVo digital video recorders
References[edit]
^ Jump up to: a b c d "Tivo Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2014". TiVo. February 26, 2014.
Jump up ^ "In which countries is the TiVo Service available?". TiVo. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
Jump up ^ Jim Davis (December 22, 1998). "TiVo launches "smart TV" trial". CNET.
Jump up ^ "TiVo Backgrounder" (PDF). TiVo. January 2008.
Jump up ^ Robert Holmes (August 25, 1995). "Stocks Close Modestly Higher". TheStreet.com.
Jump up ^ Robert Holmes (June 27, 1999). "THOMSON multimedia Chosen by BskyB and TiVo to Launch the UK'S First Personal Video Recorder". PR Newswire.
Jump up ^ Matthew Broersma (February 5, 2003). "TiVo switches off UK sales". ZDNet.
Jump up ^ Patrick Goss (March 3, 2010). "TiVo: Sky partnership caused UK flop". techradar.
Jump up ^ Rich Jaroslovsky (September 11, 2013). "New Do-It-All TiVo Puts TV Everywhere: Rich Jaroslovsky". Bloomberg.
Jump up ^ Emily Church (June 27, 2005). "TiVo taps Tom Rogers as CEO". MarketWatch.
Jump up ^ "Emmy® award-winning TiVo service". TiVo. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
Jump up ^ Jeff Baumgartner (August 12, 2013). "TW Cable, TiVo Join Tech Emmy Haul". Multichannel News.
Jump up ^ Bill Carter (July 16, 2012). "TiVo to Buy Company That Tracks Shopping of TV Viewers". The New York Times.
Jump up ^ Jeff Baumgartner (January 29, 2014). "TiVo To Buy Digitalsmiths For $135 Million". Multichannel News.
Jump up ^ Emma Barnett (March 4, 2010). "TiVo's UK launch could 'make British television personal'". The Daily Telegraph.
Jump up ^ "TiVo and Virgin Media Unveil Interactive iPad Companion App for Virgin Media: TiVo Service". TiVo. September 8, 2011.
Jump up ^ Don Reisinger (September 10, 2013). "Netflix inks first pay-TV provider deal with Virgin Media". CNET.
Jump up ^ http://www.tivo.com/discover/cable
Jump up ^ Steven Russolillo (May 3, 2011). "Dish, EchoStar Settle TiVo Patent Litigation". The Wall Street Journal.
Jump up ^ "Microsoft Corporation v. TiVo, Inc.". RFC Express. January 19, 2010.
Jump up ^ Darren Murph (March 22, 2012). "Microsoft and TiVo agree to drop ongoing patent suits, we ask the world to follow". Engadget.com.
External links[edit]
Official website
Categories: Companies based in San Jose, CaliforniaCompanies listed on NASDAQEntertainment companies of the United StatesInteractive televisionMedia companies of the United StatesCompanies established in 1997TiVo Inc.

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