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TiVo comes to Canada with digital video recorders in rental stores

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On November 26, 2007, TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), announced that TiVo DVRs will be available in retail stores in Canada in time for the holiday season. Canadian customers can now enjoy the TiVo user interface and exclusive service features such as SeasonPass™ recordings, WishList® searches, Online Scheduling, TiVoToGo™ transfers, Multi-Room viewing, and TrickPlay functionality, which enables users to pause, rewind, instant replay and slow-motion live TV. The TiVo Series2™ DT DVR, optimized for cable households, holds up to 80 hours of standard-definition content and allows consumers to record two shows at once. Fasken Martineau advised TiVo with respect to this initiative on Canadian legal issues related to doing business in Canada, including: distribution, packaging, French language requirements, consumer protection, tax, customs duties, importing, IP registrations, customer contracts, warranty and service contracts, privacy, security interests and collections, on-line terms and conditions, telecommunication equipment standards and specifications, and copyright issues. The Fasken Martineau team was led by Lisa Abe (business and technology law) and included Stéphane Gilker, Alain Dussault, Jason Kee and Charles Todd (technology and intellectual property), and Paul Casuccio (commodity tax).



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