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FiOS TV Sees Disruption As Verizon Dodges Patent Woes
Verizon Pushes Software Update After Lawsuit
by Karl Bode 08:39AM Thursday Apr 12 2012 Tipped by JeepMatt See Profile
Verizon FiOS TV customers are being informed that they'll face temporarily service disruptions as the company redesigns and updates the FiOS TV video-on-demand system. The updates come after Verizon was sued by a company named ActiveVideo for violating four patents related to DVR and video services. A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded ActiveVideo Networks $115 million, and informed Verizon that they had to revamp their video systems by May 23. Up until that point, Verizon was forced to pay sunset royalty payments of $2.74 per subscriber per month. "New VOD shows cannot be ordered during this maintenance, and any VOD shows already in progress as of 12 a.m. will be stopped automatically," customers are being informed this week via their set tops.

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rtcy
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I wonder if this is affecting the guide?

as of yesterday the guide under the setting of Subscrived channels is now displaying Epix a channel I do not have.

FFH5
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Patent reform is needed despite recent law

This just shows once again that patent law on so-called process patents is still needed. A recently signed law ( »www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/0···atented/ ) did virtually nothing to reform the patent system. The Congress needs to get in gear and pass real patent reform and end the granting of all these process patents once and for all.
FloridaBoy

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Re: Patent reform is needed despite recent law

Indeed!! This patent nonsense is getting out of hand.

Hard to believe Verizon was paying around 12 million a month to use their own VOD package.

aaronwt
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Re: Patent reform is needed despite recent law

said by FloridaBoy:

Indeed!! This patent nonsense is getting out of hand.

Hard to believe Verizon was paying around 12 million a month to use their own VOD package.

Especially for subscribers that don't use it. I use TiVos. I don't use FiOS VOD. Besides their VOD quality is a step dwon from the broadcast content..

RUKidding

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I love the way that everybody always assumes that the patent infringer is innocent. You considered this story for 20 seconds, as compared to a jury who considered this issue for weeks and concluded that Verizon stole the technology.
ConstantineM

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patents

By your logic, every patent troll is innocent.

cdru
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Re: patents

The fact that the case wasn't heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas helps lend some credence that it wasn't just a patent troll. Activision has real patents for real technology for products that actually exist and are actively being used. Whether you agree or disagree with software patents and the like, I don't think this exactly a troll case.
fiberguy
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said by ConstantineM:

By your logic, every patent troll is innocent.

Your statement/comment made absolutely NO logical sense.
Sammer

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Re: Patent reform is needed despite recent law

said by RUKidding :

I love the way that everybody always assumes that the patent infringer is innocent.

The problem isn't that every patent infringer is innocent, it's that current patent law and patent trolls are absolutely preventing rather than promoting innovation.

Bill Neilson
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Patent reform has been necessary for years now and will only get worse as times goes on.

I mean, some patents that are approved are so absolutely ridiculous and broad that I can't imagine how a human being could look at the patents and laugh their asses off.

Patent reform needs to be made considerably more narrow in terms of details.
Max Greene

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said by FFH5:

This just shows once again that patent law on so-called process patents is still needed. A recently signed law ( »www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/0···atented/ ) did virtually nothing to reform the patent system. The Congress needs to get in gear and pass real patent reform and end the granting of all these process patents once and for all.

They would have to have an understanding of something aside from raising money and campaigning which clearly is a lost cause.
Zoder

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Miami, FL
This was some good news on this front a few weeks ago. See the unanimous Supreme Court decision in Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services.

»www.scotusblog.com/case-files/ca···ies-inc/
tmc8080

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admid PRICE HIKE$

From set-top rental fees, federal and state "UN" fees, to service fee hikes for 2012 the value is going down and the price for stand-alone services have also gone up to punish you for not bundling.

Standalone internet 15/5 $54.99, 25/25 $74.99, 50/20 $144.95
Also they are so nice if you order online to waive a $60 installation fee.
Mr Matt

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It is amazing we just accept features removed we paid for.

Consumers now accept without question, the removal of features that they paid for by firmware changes because of patent issues between a company that manufactured the device and a patent troll. When products were first introduced whose firmware could be updated there were several lawsuits by customers whose devices features had been removed by manufactures mandated firmware changes.

Years ago I considered purchasing a Replay TV or TiVo DVR but did not, when I learned how Replay TV and TiVo removed the automatic commercial skip feature because of threats of lawsuits by advertisers. A customer could not avoid the downgrade because they were applied when the program guide was updated.

In some cases when a customer brought a device in for repair, where there was a patent dispute regarding an included feature, the feature would be removed without the sales clerk, first advising the customer that the removal would take place. Radio Shack was sued by a lawyer, because he brought in a scanner for a minor repair, that could monitor the 800 MHz cellular frequencies when he purchased it. When the scanner was returned the scanner could no longer receive the cellular frequencies. The Radio Shack store manager told the lawyer that the FCC had made it illegal to sell a scanner that could receive the cellular frequencies. The lawyers position was when he purchased the scanner it was not illegal to be able to tune the 800 MHz frequencies and the new rule should only apply to scanners that were manufactured after the rule went into effect. The matter simply disappeared but I believe that there was a monetary settlement.
djoropallo

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Maple Shade, NJ

Message On My 7232

I have a message on my 7232 when I checked, it reads..

Verizon has recently made changes to the VOD menu. It is important to note, no content has been removed, only the location of the content has changed. HD programs can now be found in categories such as Free, Premium Channels, Events and TV Shows on your main menu screen. For Flex View movies, almost all titles offer the SD and HD versions directly when ordering. We appreciate your continued use of FIOS TV service.

I noticed a few days ago the main menu changed a bit, more like it was before it was revamped a few months back.

linicx
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Huh?

Anyone who thinks a large company does not steal, lie, cheat or flex its corporate muscle to get what they want has been asleep for a long time. Telephone companies as a whole are notorious for lying to FCC and customers alike to get what they want. It is amazing that FCC has not caught on in the last 60 years.
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