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TiVO Settles Suit, Marches On

First AOL and Microsoft, now TiVo and Gemstar-TV Guide International are dismissing litigation and making nice:

    The two companies announced Monday that they have dismissed a lawsuit Gemstar filed against TiVo in early 2000, which alleged that TiVo’s digital video recorder service infringed on Gemstar’s patent for electronic programming guide technology. Gemstar was seeking an injunction and unspecified monetary damages.

    TiVo’s DVR service lets consumers pause live television programming, store shows on a hard drive and preprogram the service to record future shows. Gemstar’s EPG technology lets viewers peruse a digital version of television listings, with show titles, broadcast times and other information.

    Under the new arrangement, TiVo was granted a license to use Gemstar’s EPG patent and Gemstar will be able to provide TV Guide-branded content to the TiVo service. The companies said TiVo will not have to make any changes to its current electronic program guide. [CNET]

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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