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Dish, EchoStar Settle TiVo Patent Fight For $500 Million

Dish and EchoStar are paying TiVo half a billion dollars to settle a long-running patent fight over DVR technology. The two satellite TV companies will pay TiVo $300 million up front, and the remainder over 6 years, to settle suits that started in 2004. The settlement follows an April 20 legal victory for TiVo.


TiVo Soars on Ruling in Dish Network Case

TiVo Inc. stock was up 35 percent in afternoon trading Wednesday after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that would force satellite broadcaster Dish Network to shut down millions of digital video recorders because they were found to have infringed upon TiVo Inc. patents.

Microsoft TV? Join the Club! Just Don't Disrupt the Cable Guys

The TV guys are happy to let Microsoft deliver shows to your living room — as long as they pay up, and as long as they don’t disrupt the party.


TerreStar Units File Chapter 11

TerreStar said its majority-owned Terrestar Networks unit and certain other affiliates have filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that a Chapter 11 filing likely was imminent.


Patent Office Backs TiVo's DVR Claims

TiVo Inc. said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has reaffirmed the validity of all its patent claims for its “time-warp” digital video recorder technology in the second re-examination of the patent at EchoStar Corp.’s request. TiVo’s shares jumped 9.7 percent to $10.08 in 4 p.m. Nasdaq trading, while EchoStar slid 1.1 percent to $19.30 and sister company Dish Network Corp. fell 2.7 percent to $19.10.


Sun Valley Update: Is the Internet TV Market Up for Grabs?

Despite serious interest from Apple and Google, the market of Internet-connected televisions is still up for grabs, said former chief executive of Sling Media Blake Krikorian in an interview Wednesday.


TiVo: Appeals Court Upholds Contempt Finding In DISH Case

TiVo shares are rocketing higher after a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling which found found DISH Network and Echostar in contempt of a previous ruling which found infringement of TiVo’s DVR patents.

TiVo to DISH: Let's Do the Time Warp Again

It’s not the $974.5 million TiVo had been looking for, but the $200 million in sanctions against EchoStar’s Dish Network the company has been awarded isn’t exactly petty cash, either. On Friday, a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas ordered the satellite broadcaster to cough up that sum for its continued infringement of TiVo’s “multimedia time warping system” patent.


TiVo Off; Appeals Court Stays Ruling Vs. EchoStar, DISH

TiVo shares this morning are heading lower after the company said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has granted a request by EchoStar to stay a contempt order imposed by a lower court pending the outcome of EchoStar’s appeal in the the patent dispute between the two companies.

Google TV Takes Another Baby Step

AT&T: We Crippled SlingPlayer TV App

Sirius: Sorry, Charlie

Liberty Seriously Considering Sirius?

Sirius-EchoStar-Liberty: Ménage-à-Blah

Sirius: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Ergen

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