TiVo's Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of digital video recorder veteran TiVo (NAS: TIVO) jumped as high as 19.7% today on heavy trading.

So what: Last night's second-quarter report delivered 18.7% year-over-year sales growth and a smaller net loss than expected. This time the results weren't inflated by a one-time legal settlement gain from DISH Network (NAS: DISH) and EchoStar Communications (NAS: SATS) -- TiVo pulled out a fine quarter on the merits of its day-to-day operations. Management also announced a $100 million share buyback plan to take advantage of severely depressed share prices.

Now what: TiVo is remaking itself into a software and technology-license provider in the vein of Dolby Laboratories (NYS: DLB) or Rambus (NAS: RMBS) . Expect more service and technology revenue going forward, but less hardware sales and fewer direct subscribers. The Dish settlement was smaller that many of us had expected in immediate dollar terms, but still created a framework for plenty of court-backed licensing action.

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