Some of Comcast’s new DVR and program guide features hit a little too close to home for TiVo, as an administrative judge has ruled that Comcast actually violated two of TiVo’s patents.
In April of 2016, Rovi Corporation (who would later purchase TiVo for $1.1 nillion) filed an official complaint with the International Trade Commission that claimed Comcast and its set top vendors Arris and Technicolor were infringing on six different patents. ITC Judge David Shaw ruled that violations indeed occurred with two patents, specifically ones involving “interactive program guide with remote access.”
According to TiVo, the problems arose when Comcast debuted their X1 video platform with several features strikingly similar to Tivo. Most notable was the way Comcast implemented remote recording, their search feature and their “AnyRoom” DVR. Comcast was using TiVo as their metadata vendor for the X1 platform, but stopped in January because of this dispute.
Speaking to the Law360 site, a TiVo representative said, “This ruling reinforces the need for Comcast to take the necessary licenses to our intellectual property.”