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AT&T Settles Tivo Lawsuit

Jan 4 2012, 4:57pm CST | by , in News | Android

AT&T Settles Tivo Lawsuit

Carrier will pay more than $200 million

As if things weren't bad enough for AT&T after it has to dump the T-Mobile buyout deal, the carrier has now also resigned to Tivo on the order of $215 million.

It isn't going to be a pretty quarter for AT&T and it certainly isn't the way to start a new year. The company had been embroiled in a patent infringement lawsuit, brought forth by Tivo.

The two have struck an agreement wherein AT&T will make scheduled payments to give Tivo a total of $215 million, and in addition it will also have to pay a perpetual monthly licensing fee.

This comes at a time when AT&T is also looking to give T-Mobile a sum total of $4 billion.

The fee is a result of AT&T's admitted failure in securing a T-Mobile buyout. Under the terms of the acquisition contract, AT&T has to fork over a lot of money as a concession for wasting T-Mobile's time.

Tivo said it was pleased with the outcome and expects the deal to boost its business and allow it to spend more on furthering its strategy moving forward.

Tivo of course is not in great shape either. It has been struggling to prove itself relevant in a market where everyone gets DVR service from their cable provider and many others can access streaming content directly from their TV.

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