John Paczkowski

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There! Pause It There–The Expression on Randall Stephenson’s Face Is Priceless.

tivoguyAT&T and Verizon have run afoul of TiVo’s video patents. Reporting a second-quarter loss and projected results below Wall Street expectations Wednesday, the digital video recorder pioneer said it is suing the two telecoms for infringing on its patents for technology that allows DVRs to simultaneously store and play back programs, pause live television and deliver other features.

TiVo’s (TIVO) complaint seeks both damages for past infringement and a permanent injunction–similar to the one it won against satellite provider Dish Network (DISH)–that would force AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) to shut down their DVR services.

“Attempts were made to reach a commercial arrangement,” TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said during an earnings call today. “They were not reached. We believe we are being caused irreparable harm and that harm increases everyday this doesn’t cease. We have found ourselves in a similar situation with AT&T and Verizon. We need to stop their continued unauthorized use of our intellectual property.”

And, God willing, corral them into that commercial arrangement to which Rogers refers. After all, the company lost 146,000 subscribers in its second quarter. It desperately needs to do something to win new ones and lower its churn.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik