Pioneer Licenses TiVo DVR System


Pioneer Electronics Corp. became the latest digital-set maker to tap TiVo
Inc.'s license for its digital-video-recorder technology.

Pioneer will work with TiVo to develop products aimed for release later this
year, according to a joint announcement.

TiVo has already attracted licensing deals with Toshiba America Consumer
Products Inc., Sony Corp. and DirecTV Inc.

"Pioneer's long history of developing revolutionary home-electronics products
offers exciting possibilities for new TiVo-enabled products that we'll see in
the marketplace very soon," TiVo CEO Mike Ramsay said in a release. "Holiday
shoppers are going to see TiVo products with more exciting features than have
ever been offered before."

It's been a pretty good week for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based DVR-technology
provider. On Monday, it announced that it had settled a three-year legal tiff
with Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. over interactive-programming-guide

The settlement will allow TiVo to take a Gemstar patent license, which will
not require TiVo to make any changes to its existing IPG data provided to its
customers. In return Gemstar will funnel its branded entertainment content onto
the front page of TiVo's "Showcase" guide front page.